Monday, August 13, 2007

Shiv Sena adopting Maoist Strategy against SEZ's

Bal Thackery leader of the Shiv Sena was one of the first
leaders from the Hindu Right to acknowledge that the Maoists
are the future of this country
. No wonder some Shiv Sena
cadre are trying hard to emulate them

Shiv Sena attacks Jindal office in Jaigad

Special Correspondent

MUMBAI: Opposition to the 1200 MW coal-based thermal power plant and port in Jaigad in Ratnagiri district is being stepped up, with about 40 Shiv Sainiks attacking the office of JSW Energy Ltd, an O.P. Jindal Group company on Thursday. Twelve persons were arrested for the offence. The Shiv Sena is the only political party supporting the farmers and fisherfolk in the region.

The thermal power plant on the coast as well as the proposed port has been drawing protests from mango farmers in the region and the fisherfolk. The Ratnagiri Zilla Jagruk Manch had filed a writ petition last year in the Bombay High Court challenging the manner in which public hearings were held for the plant. The court issued orders on April 26 asking the National Environmental Engineering Institute (NEERI) in Nagpur to conduct a study in coordination with the Maharashtra Pollution Control Board (MPCB).

Dr. Vivek Bhide, president of the Manch, told The Hindu from Ratnagiri that NEERI had submitted a report to the court in July which clearly said that the company’s coal handling system was not proper in view of the high wind s peeds in the area.

The Hindu

Sena targets Ambani SEZ
BY A SPECIAL CORRESPONDENT | Monday, July 23, 2007 11:57:16 IST
The party does not want agricultural lands to be acquired for the SEZ

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The Shiv Sena has now entered the arena against the Mukesh Ambani promoted Special Economic Zone (SEZ). They have threatened to take the issue to the streets if the agricultural land of the farmers is acquired forcibly.

Twenty activists and the farmers in the vicinity of Mahamumbai SEZ under the banner of SEZ Virodhi Shetkari Sangharsha Sanghatana have launched an indefinite fast from July 18, to protest the multi-crore project.

The agitators are camping in front of the Tehsildar’s office at Pen in Raigad district. They are demanding that 24 villages from Pen Taluka which would fall in the SEZ should not be forcibly acquired and the entire project be scrapped immediately.

Ramdas Kadam, the Shiv Sena leader and Leader of the Opposition in the State Assembly on Saturday visited Pen and met the agitators. While addressing the farmers near the Tehsil Office, he warned the government not to acquire cultivable lands in Pen Taluka and its vicinity for
Reliance’s Mahamumbai SEZ project.

Kadan said, “If agricultural lands are taken away forcibly, we will not let any car from the government move on the streets in the state. We can’t tolerate this type of vandalism. It should be stopped immediately.”

Those taking part in the fast include Ulka Mahajan, Vaishali Patil, Dr. Pradip Patkar and farmers who are likely to be affected by this project.

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