AAP Taps Udayakumar to Strengthen TN Base
By Express News Service | Published: 30th December 2013 07:44 AM |
Expressing solidarity with the anti-nuclear protest in Koodankulam, Aam Aadmi Party leader Prashant Bhushan has invited PMANE leader SP Udayakumar to join his party. Reacting to a question if there was a possibility of Udayakumar leading the AAP in Tamil Nadu, Prashant Bhushan said, “Udayakumar is an outstanding, courageous activist and a honest man and the AAP welcomes him with open arms”.
The AAP leader also said India should have raised its voice against the gross human rights violations taking place in Sri Lanka.
However, he said his party had not yet taken any position on the question of Tamil Eelam, a separate nation for the island Tamils.
Party leader and Supreme Court advocate Prashant Bhushan came to Idinthakarai on Sunday and met the PMANE struggle committee leaders SP Udayakumar, M Pushparayan and the other protesters and expressed solidarity with them.
Addressing the protesters, Bhushan saluted the ‘brave people of Idinthakarai’, who had been fighting against the inhuman and anti-people project.
“Everybody in the world knows that nuclear power is the most expensive and dangerous. Most of the developed countries have stopped the setting up of nuclear power projects. Despite this, India embarked on this dangerous exercise,” he said.
He said sub standard components had been supplied to the nuclear plant. Still, the NPCIL and government were bent on making this dangerous plant operational, despite the opposition of the local people. He said corruption at the highest level of the government was not only looting public money, but also looting resources.
“The AAP victory has aroused a sense of enormous hope among the people, who has lost hope because of the corrupt practices. People across the country feel the winds of change towards a fundamental political transformation. This is the beginning of the political revolution”, he said.
Bhushan said the day would not be far when ordinary people would be able to decide whether projects like the Koodankulam nuclear plant should be made operational or dismantled.