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Idinthakarai: AAP’s launch pad

Published Dec 30, 2013, 4:55 pm IST
Updated Mar 19, 2019, 3:38 am IST

Tirunelveli: Idinthakarai, the epicenter of anti-nuclear acti­vism could be a potential launch pad for the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP)in Tamil Nadu, as one of founders and the party’s political affairs committee chairman Pra­shant Bhushan invited S P Udayakumar, coordinator of the People’s Movement Against Nu­clear Energy (PMANE) at Idinthakarai to lead the party in Tamil Nadu.

Prashant Bhushan sho­wered encomiums on Dr S P Udayakumar, but the latter responded only with a mystic smile which was interpreted by one of his supporters on the stage as an acceptance of the invitation. Bhushan added, ‘My salute to the brave people of Idinthakarai who have been fighting a valiant battle against the inhuman and anti-people nuclear power project.’


­ The senior Supreme Court lawyer added that the KKNPP project was being implemented, not in national interest but for kickbacks.

He assured to do away with the KKNPP if the people stood by the AAP that aims at empowering ordinary people like the people at Idinthakarai to decide projects for themselves.

‘The AAP victory in Delhi is the beginning of a political revolution. Our party aims at empowering ordinary people to have the right of choice. When this succeeds, you, the ordinary people will be able to decide whether the KKNPP should be built or dismantled.’


When Udaya­kumar translated this, people expressed their joy with thunderous app­la­use­.­­ Bhushan also reca­lled his and Arvind Kejri­wal’s visit to Idintha­karai a year ago.

Soon, a native of Idin­tha­karai stood up and expressed willingness to enrol himself as a member of the AAP.

When Bhu­shan got down from the stage, women sur­ro­un­ded him and said that they pinned their hopes on Arvind Kejriwal  and the AAP to fight for the people against KKNPP.

Prashant Bhushan’s visit to Kerala, missing the 'historic day’ when his party formed a government in Delhi on Saturday, to receive an award instituted in memory of an eminent lawyer and CPI(M) leader, Pirap­panacode Sreedharan Nair from CPI(M) stalwart and Kerala opposition leader V S Achu­thanandan, who is also against the KKNPP and his meeting the following day, with Uday­akumar at Idint­hakarai, assumes impo­­r­t­ance, acco­rding to a PMANE leader. 


Location: Tamil Nadu