Left quiet on Ram Sethu far China's benefit: Sudershan

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Nagpur, Oct 20 (UNI) Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) chief K S Sudershan today alleged that the Left has maintained its silence on the Ram Sethu issue as China, which has strategic interests in the Indian Ocean, will benefit immensely from the Sethusamudram Canal Project (SSCP).

Addressing the RSS's traditional Dussehra rally here, Mr Sudershan alleged that the game plan of China and the United States was to weaken India's position in the area and therefore, they were, putting pressure on India for the project implementation.

''India's security would be compromised, if US and Chinese ships began plying between India and Sri Lanka once the SSCP was completed,'' he said.

This would be to China's advantage. Hence the Left, which had been opposing the Indo-US nuclear agreement so vehemently, was silent on the subject, Mr Sudershan said.

Describing the Left as ''stooges of China'', the RSS chief charged that the communists in India were not at all bothered by the tremendous harm that the destruction of the Ram Sethu would cause to the country.

Besides any damage to the 'historic structure' between India and Sri Lanka, it would also hurt the sentiments of crores of Hindus, the chief added.

Union Minister of State for Shipping T R Baalu and Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M Karunanidhi were adamant on going ahead with the project, he said.

''Mr Baalu has lost the right to remain a minister in the Union Cabinet and Mr Karunanidhi to continue as chief minister, for ignoring the sentiments of millions of people,'' he said.

Asserting that the 'danger' hovering over the Ram Sethu had not yet passed, Mr Sudershan said the incumbent United Progressive Alliance (UPA) government at the Centre might go ahead with the demolition.

The UPA might bow to the pressure from the Left and the Dravid Munethra Kazhgham (DMK), as their support was vital for the government's survival, he added.

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