Karunanidhi criticises BJP again on Ram Sethu issue

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Chennai, Oct 27 (UNI) Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M Karunanidhi today blamed the BJP and other parties for misusing Lord Rama's name in the Sethusamudram Shipping Channel Project (SSCP) and declared that the people of the state were not willing to lose the project at any cost.

Talking to newspersons here, he said, ''they (BJP and others) are trying to stall the project, by propagating about a non-existent thing (Ram sethu) as existent. But the people of Tamil Nadu, who expected a lot from the project, were not willing to make any compromise and lose it''.

On Union Shipping Minsiter T R Baalu's assertion that there was no other option, but to implement the SSCP in the sixth alignment through Adam's bridge area, Mr Karunanidhi said the present alignment was selected only by the previous BJP government.

The sixth alignment was selected by eminent people like the then Prime Miniser A B Vajpayee, and supported by the BJP ministers, the DMK leader pointed out.

Mr Karunanidhi rejected a suggestion that the committee of eminent persons constituted to examine objections to the SSCP was a wasteful exercise.

''How can it be a waste. Let the committee examine and come out with a report whether Mr Baalu is correct or not (that the project has to be implemented only through Adam's Bridge area),'' he said.

Reiterating that he was not against Lord Rama, Mr Karunanidhi said, ''we never opposed the Krishna Water Project, just because it is named after Lord Krishna.'' People are aware that the DMK government had sought the assistance of Godman Saibaba to strengthen the banks of the Krishna water canal, he said.

UNI

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