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Drama, tension at Jaitapur interaction

February 27, 2011 Leave a comment Go to comments

Swatee Kher in Indian Express

February 27, 2011

Much drama and tension ensued throughout Saturday morning and during the two-hour interaction between Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan and villagers in Jaitapur opposed to the power project.

The local people were asked by the police before Chavan’s arrival to remove their black badges that stated they did not want the project. Janhit Seva Manch activist Vaishali Patil was asked by the police to step out of the pandal erected to hold the public interaction as the chief minister was reportedly against having “outsiders” attending the interaction meant for local people. As Patil refused to budge, she was supported by the local women. Police later asked Patil and those supporting her to leave the premises. However, Chavan arrived during this interaction and said Patil could stay.

A miffed Narayan Rane asked local doctor Milind Desai to stop talking when the latter said it was shameful that the government was giving the residents a compensation totalling Rs 14 crore. The chief minister said it was not true and the compensation would go up to Rs 400 crore, but it was not a question about money.

Rane also asked local Sena MLA Rajan Salvi not to talk against the government when the latter accused it of betraying residents. “They cannot do such dadagiri. I had seven points to present, but I was asked not to. Why have they called us here then?” Salvi said.

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