CPM leader VS Achuthanandan who grandly planned to break ranks with the CPM party and visit the site of the Kudankulam protests in Tamil Nadu had his journey end in an anti-climax when he was stopped at the border of the two states and asked to turn back in order to prevent worsening the existing law and order situation.
The CPM leader had declared that he would to to Kudankulam and has also previously said that nuclear power plants were very dangerous.
However, Achuthanandan’s decision had been strongly opposed by his party, which has maintained that the closure of the plant would not help and had sought that they would prefer to be assured about the safety of the plant instead.
Despite the opposition, Achuthanandan left this morning for Tamil Nadu but was stopped at Kalikavil near the Kerala-Tamil Nadu border, where he was ordered to turn back, CNN-IBN reported.
This isn’t the first time that the former Kerala Chief Minister has been thwarted in his attempts to go to Kudankulam. Last year a similar plan was stopped by the party.
However, with the relations between Achuthanandan and the leadership of the party not at its best, he chose to ignore its advice this time around.
Protests at the site of the Kudankulam nuclear power plant had worsened after the Madras High court refused to stay the loading of fuel in the nuclear reactors in the plant.
While the leader of the movement against the nuclear plant, SP Udayakumar, is currently at an undisclosed location, the protestors are currently waiting for the Supreme Court to hear a petition challenging the loading of nuclear fuel in the power plant.