Shiv Sena Obstructing Development in Maha: Congress
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In the backdrop of Shiv Sena targeting former chairman of the Atomic Energy Commission Anil Kakodkar on contentious Jaitapur issue, the Maharashtra Pradesh Congress Committee today lashed out at the saffron party for stalling development in the state.

Shiv Sena workers yesterday forced Kakodkar not to make a mention of the proposed Jaitapur atomic power plant in Ratnagiri district in his speech here on the occasion of 'Science Day'.

"By opposing a Marathi-speaking scientist of international repute and praising Gujarat, Shiv Sena has not only displayed its double standards (on the issue) but also lack of knowledge," MPCC spokesman Anant Gadgil told reporters here.

Gadgil said Kakodkar's lecture on the need for Jaitapur nuclear power project was organised by a research institution and not by the Congress or the state government.

"When Kakodkar delivered a lecture on Jaitapur for the state legislators last year, nobody stopped Shiv Sena from making counter arguments against the project..Either Shiv Sena bring in a scientist of repute to negate Kakodkar's points or suggest alternative to nuclear energy," Gadgil said.

Dismissing Sena's concerns over the project, Gadgil said 75 percent of power production in France is based on nuclear energy.

"Even Mumbai has been included in the severe seismic zone which means Mumbai is more quake prone than Jaitapur..All high-rise buildings in Ahmedabad were safe in the 2001 earthquake,"he said.

Meanwhile, another MPCC spokesperson Sachin Sawant has demanded a probe into "foreign connection" of the agencies as well as Shiv Sena opposing the proposed 9900 MW power plant in coastal district of Ratnagiri.

Sawant said he had written a letter in this regard to Minister of State in the PMO V Narayanasamy.
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