Arunachal students group demands Ramesh’s resignationMay 11th, 2010 - 12:46 am ICT by IANS
Itanagar, May 10 (IANS) The All Arunachal Pradesh Student Union (AAPSU) Monday demanded the resignation of Environment Minister Jairam Ramesh for advocating Chinese expertise to implement hydrological projects in Arunachal Pradesh.
Its activists also burnt the effigy of Ramesh at Bank Tinali area here to register their protest.
“Jairam Ramesh’s statement is a setback to the people of Arunachal. We have been fighting tooth and nail against Chinese claim over Arunachal. Inviting Chinese experts to work here is like implanting a self-destructive bomb,” AAPSU president Takam Tatung told IANS.
He termed Ramesh’s statements as “anti-Indian” and “anti-Arunachalee”.
“Why can’t the central government invite other companies from other countries barring China to carry out hydro-projects in Arunachal?” Tatung asked, clarifying the AAPSU was not against the ongoing hydro-power projects, but would oppose any move to bring in Chinese companies to operate in the state.
Endowed with perennial rivers and streams, Arunachal Pradesh is considered a powerhouse for electricity generation with an estimated potential for 50,000 MW.
The Central Electricity Authority has estimated the potential from 89 big hydroelectric projects in Arunachal Pradesh at 49,126 MW while smaller ones are expected to generate another 1,600 MW.
Asked about Prime Minister Manmohan Singh rebuking Ramesh for his statements, Tatung said that the prime minister should question Ramesh for undermining the Arunachal people’s resolve to boycott Chinese products.
“We boycotted Chinese goods to protest China’s claim over the state of Arunachal, which is an integral part of sovereign India,” Tatung said.
Ramesh created a flutter when he said in Beijing Saturday that the policies of the Indian home ministry and security establishment towards Chinese companies were “alarmist and paranoid”.
In Beijing to attend a global meet on climate change, he said there was danger that cooperation with China flowing from the Copenhagen spirit would not last long unless New Delhi changed “a needlessly restrictive, alarmist approach” to Chinese investment in infrastructure.
“The suspicious attitude of the security establishment is spoiling the bonhomie between the (countries), created as a result of close collaboration on international negotiations on climate change,” he had said.
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