Karunanidhi slams Sri Lanka for raking up Kudankulam issue

(PTI) The Hindu Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam president M. Karunanidhi. File photo Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) president M. Karunanidhi today slammed Sri Lanka for raking up the Kudankulam Nuclear Power Project issue, saying India “will do what is required.”

The Kudankulam project was not something new and had been started many years ago and work on it is currently in progress, he said, adding it cannot be “accepted if they rake up the issue now.”

“Indian government will do what is required,” he told reporters at his residence before leaving for the Assembly to sign the MLA’s register.

His remarks came a day after Colombo voiced concern over the possible impact of radiation from India’s nuclear power plants in the southern region, as it prepares to raise the issue with global atomic watchdog IAEA.

“We respect the right of India to have nuclear power stations. But our concerns are on the possible radiation effects they could have on Sri Lanka. We have already written a letter”, Sri Lanka’s Power and Energy Minister Champika Ranawaka had said.

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