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State, Centre at loggerheads over TN N-plant

Sep 21, 2011 07:27 AM IST India India

Chennai: The peaceful but powerful protest against the nuclear plant in Koodankulam is building especially since the Tamil Nadu chief minister J Jayalalithaa has backed it. But on Tuesday the Central Government's envoy Minister of State V Narayanaswamy tried to assuage people's concerns as he visited the area.

Narayanaswamy said, "As far as the Central Government is concerned safety of the people is paramount, only then comes power production. If there is a compromise on security we will think twice or reconsider."

While Naryanaswamy made all the right noises, there is clearly no quick solution to the standoff. Hundreds of crores have already been spent, and the Jayalalithaa Government and the Centre are at loggerheads.

It is the tenth day of the protest in Koodankulam and this movement has forced both the State and Central governments to take note of it and also start a dialogue process.

They welcome the intervention of Chief Minister Jayalalithaa but are determined not to give up this indefinite strike until there is an assurance about stalling the nuclear plant.

Narayanswamy has donned the role of a mediator and all eyes are on whether the dialogue between the protesters and the government will end the deadlock.