Centre has decided to scrap Sethu project, claims Swamy

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Chennai, Nov 21 (UNI) Janata Party President Subramanian Swamy today claimed that the UPA Government at the Centre has decided to drop the controversial Sethusamudram Shipping Canal Project (SSCP), realising that it was not possible to execute it in an alternate route to the 'Ram Sethu' and also not economically feasible.

Dr Swamy told a press conference ''A senior minister in the Union Cabinet on condition of anonymity Centre has decided to drop the project.'' He said, however, the Centre would make the formal announcement to this effect only in the Supreme Court, which had been moved on the Ram Sethu controversy. ''It cannot make any statement to this effect in public,'' he added.

Criticising the Tamil Nadu Government for adopting ''double standards'' on the Ram Sethu issue, Dr Swamy also claimed that the Tamil Nadu Tourism Corporation had put out posters with the title ''where the past comes alive'', showing a painting depicting Lord Rama and his brother Lakshman standing nearby as the 'vanara sena' carried large boulders to construct a bridge across the ocean.

He pointed out that the poster also stated that ''even now, these waters stand carrying the blessing of Rama's lotus feet.. this is the spot, where the 'vanara sena' crossed the ocean to reach Lanka to rescue Lord Rama's consort Sita.'' The Tamil Nadu Tourism Department was clear that none need entertain any doubts about the existence of Ram Sethu and it also said that a particular attraction to be seen in this site was the floating stone called 'Sethubandhana'' used to construct the bridge, Dr Swamy pointed out.

But on the other hand, Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M Karunanidhi said Rama did not exist, everything was imagination, Dr Swamy alleged, adding the Tourism Department posters had been pasted on train carriages of Haridwar-Delhi Jansatabdi train.


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