Karuna slams Jaya for 'double-standards' on Sethu project

Last Updated: Tue, Oct 16, 2012 08:42 hrs

Chennai: DMK chief M Karunanidhi today accused the Jayalalithaa-led Tamil Nadu Government of adopting "double-standards" by opposing the Sethusamudram project in Supreme Court and said it was a "betrayal" of the state.

"The AIADMK Government had made a written submission in the Supreme Court saying the project was not at all needed," Karunanidhi, a staunch supporter of the multi-million rupees controversial project, said in a statement here.

Holding that AIADMK had supported the project in its 2001 and 2004 election manifestos saying it would cut down journey time of ships besides attracting foreign investment, he said it later changed its stance only to deny credit to DMK which was instrumental in kickstarting work on the project, which has evoked opposition from some quarters over demolition of mythical Ram Sethu or Adam's Bridge.

"This is a betrayal of the state by the Chief Minister who is hell-bent on burying a project that will augur well for the state's welfare," he said.

The Sethusamudram Shipping project is aimed at constructing a shorter navigational route around India's southern tip by breaching the Ram Sethu, said to have been built by Lord Rama's army of monkeys and bears to Ravana's kingdom Lanka.

"Thinking that the fruition of the project would bring good name to DMK and other movements which had continuously voiced support for it, AIADMK adopted double-standards and finally told the Supreme Court in writing that the project was not required," Karunanidhi claimed.

The "dream-project" of Tamils was supported by DMK founder and late Chier Minister C N Annadurai and it had been considered since 1860 before finally works started in 2005, he said adding experts' suggestions on cutting through Adam's Bridge or Ramasethu had been accpeted for viability reasons. MORE

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