Anti-Sterlite protesters to observe ‘Black Day’ today
‘Many parties, anti-Sterlite groups not invited to govt. meet’
The Anti-Sterlite People’s Confederation has appealed to the residents of the port city to observe a ‘Black Day’ on Thursday as a mark of protest towards the Supreme Court allowing Sterlite Copper’s oxygen plant to function.
Speaking to reporters on Wednesday after submitting a petition to the Collector, advocate Hari Raghavan of the confederation mentioned Sterlite Copper, exploiting the pandemic, had used the Supreme Court to reopen its premises within the guise of manufacturing oxygen.
Unfortunately, a piece of events in Tamil Nadu had taken a unilateral determination in favour of opening the oxygen plant, whereas events just like the MDMK, Makkal Needhi Maiam, VCK, Naam Tamilar Katchi and different anti-Sterlite teams weren’t invited for the all-party assembly, which was chaired by the Chief Minister.
“Since all parties did not discuss the issue before the State government submitted its affidavit to the Supreme Court, the decision favouring Sterlite Copper should be scrapped. The Tamil Nadu government should convene an all-party meeting afresh, and solicit the opinions of all parties,” Mr. Raghavan mentioned.
Since Sterlite Copper’s plant can produce oxygen just for industrial functions and never for medical use, the State authorities ought to change its determination to open the plant. The transfer is nothing however a stepping stone to open the copper smelter by the again door, he mentioned.
“Opposing the anti-people move, we appeal to the residents of Thoothukudi to hoist black flags in their houses on Thursday and put rangolis to express their dissent,” he mentioned.
“Those who go for work should wear black badges and keep black colour as profile picture on social media platforms instead of individual photos,” Mr. Raghavan mentioned.