The Tamil Nadu Chief minister Jayalalithaa has taken a decisive step toward breaking the impasse over the commissioning of the Kudankulam nuclear power plant built by Russian companies. Her choice of former Atomic Eneergy Commission chairman M R Srinivasan to head the expert committee underscores her intention to proceed with the nuclear power plant. She knows of course that MRS is an unapologetic advocate of nuclear power.
The agitators have taken exception to MRS’s appointment and are demanding that Jayalalithaa should backtrack on her choice of MRS. But such backtracking is alien to her style of governance. The agitators are increasingly finding themselves on a weak wicket. They are also on unfriendly terms with the DMK leader K Karunanidhi. The People’s Movement Against Nuclear Energy S P Udayakumar overplayed his hand.
Has the endgame begun, finally? It seems so. Jayalaithaa has decded that enough is enough and Tamil Nadu badly needs all the electricity that Kudankulam can supply. She has once again displayed her stature as a national figure capable of taking strong decisions. In fact, she is redeeming prime minister Manmohan Singh’s pledge to the Russian leadership almost 2 months ago. The commissioning of Kudankulam 1 and 2 paves the way for the next stages of power plants with Russian participation.
Manmohan Singh will be heaving a sigh of relief. Interestingly, Congress, which is an ally of the main opposition party DMK, has thrown its weight behind Jayalalithaa over the Kudankulam issue. TNCC President B S Gnanadesikan put DMK on a spot by calling for all-party unity to speed up the commissioning of Kudankulam. On the chessboard of national politics, the contrast couldn’t be sharper: cordiality is appearing in Tamil Nadu between two adversaries, while acrimony is growing between two allies in West Bengal.
Posted in Politics.
– February 10, 2012