Left Front demands to cancel nuclear-plant deal with France

New Delhi, Feb. 13 (ANI): In the wake of French President Francois Hollande's scheduled visit to India on January 14, the Left Front on Wednesday demanded that New Delhi must cancel the proposed deal on the nuclear plant at Jaitapur with France, since it would be an expensive affair.

Addressing a press conference here, senior leaders of the Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPI-M) and Communist Party of India (CPI) asserted that no treaty on the nuclear plant should be signed.

"Our contention is that its cost is too high and the information regarding the talks on this issue had not been given out to anybody. These reactors have not been put up anywhere else in the world. Such costly reactors and the electricity that they would produce would cost rupees 12 to 14 per unit. That is why we are saying that this deal should not be inked," said Prakash Karat, CPI-M General Secretary.

Karat also rapped the government regarding the newly emerged scam related to the purchase of the Italian Finmeccanica choppers, after their company head was arrested in Italy for graft charges.

Hollande is scheduled to arrive in India on Thursday on a state visit that many are eyeing as a trip to inking deals related to the Jaitapur power plant and the Rafale fighter jets.

However, in the wake of the Fukushima incident, several nuclear projects across the country, such as the Jaitapur and Kudankulam powers have run into rough weather as protesting locals and activists argue that such plants could adversely affect the environment. (ANI)

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