It must be noted that on May 8, 2012, agitators in Idinthakarai made public ledgers having thousands of signatures of people from about 60 villages - all opposing the Kudankulam Nuclear Power Project (KKNPP). This was cited as clear proof that the state and central governments were acting against the will of locals, and in the process forcefully operationalizing the nuclear power project in an authoritarian way.
On that day 24,000 voter ID cards were produced that the people had surrendered to protest against the governments’ attitude towards the 35 men and 302 women who are on an indefinite hunger striker against the project. In protest, and to keep the interests of India in mind, the locals have launched the “Respect India” Campaign similar to Mahatma Gandhi’s “Quit India” 1942 campaign.
After the curfew came into effect on May 8, PMANE alleges that authorities are trying to divide local communities by announcing a Rs. 500 crore "bribery" package. They also try to stop damaging news, and isolate pople by distancing the Church.