CPI denounces BJP for politicising SSCP

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Tindivanam, Sep 18 (UNI) Lending support to the Congress led UPA Government at the Centre, the Communist Party of India (CPI) today denounced the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and other Hindu organisations for whipping up religious sentiments and ''politicising'' the Sethusamudram Shipping Channel Project (SSCP).

Speaking at the political training centre of PMK, after unveiling the statue of Karl Marx, CPI General Secretary D Raja flayed the BJP and Sangh parivars for protesting against the demolition of 'Ram Sethu' (Adam's bridge) and stalling the implementation of Sethusamudram project.

Asserting that there was no scientific evidence to prove that Ram Sethu was constructed by Lord Rama's ''Vanara Sena'', he said the Adam's bridge was nothing but accumulation of sand dunes. This was confirmed by scientists of NASA, he added.

CPI(M) Tamil Nadu unit Secretary N Varadarajan, in a statement in Chennai, expressed surprise that the Centre had sought three months time to consider alternate route to avoid demolition of Ram Sethu while implementing the SSCP.

Instead of being firm in its decision to go ahead with the project as decided already, the Centre was unnecessarily succumbing to the pressure of the ''communal forces,'' he said. The Centre should implement the project within the stipulated time, he added.

Mr Varadarajan said the Centre had withdrawn the affidavit filed before the Supreme Court in this connection as the remarks against Ramayana and Lord Ram were not directly related to the case.

However, the BJP and other Sangh parivars were trying to politicise the issue and demanded the resignation of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and three of his Cabinet colleagues, he said.

Meanwhile, Janta Party President Subramanian Swamy claimed that that Ram Sethu was built by 'Vanara Sena' and the construction was supervised by Lord Ram.

Reacting to Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M Karunanidhi's remarks that the Lord Ram was not an engineer to build the bridge and it was not even built by an engineer named Rama, Dr Swamy said Lord Rama was educated in a Gurukul by the 'rishi of rishis' Viswamitra and he had supervised the construction of Ram Sethu, he said.


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