Chennai, Jan 12 (BPNS)
The Tamil Nadu assembly on Thursday passed a unanimous resolution urging the central government to implement the Sethusamaudram project.
Tamil Nadu Chief Minister, M.K. Stalin who moved the resolution stated that the Sethusamudram project was essential to strengthen the economic development of Tamil Nadu and India. Stalin while moving the resolution said, “ This august house is of the considered view that the attempt to further delay the project by certain forces is against the interest of our national growth.”
Chief Minister said that it was a dream project of the first DMK Chief Minister, C.N. Annadurai and Kalaignar Karunanidhi had also actively taken interest in implementing the project.
The Chief Minister said that the project was included in the fourth five year plan and approved by the Cabinet meeting headed by Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru. He said that Annadurai who became the Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu in 1967 had wanted to implement the project and said that it would make Tamil Nadu a wealthy state.
Stalin said that the Rs 2427 crore was allocated in 2004 by the UPA government in which the DMK was part of. He said that the BJP government which was in power created hurdles when 50 percent of the work was over. The Tamil Nadu Chief Minister said, “ The late Tamil Nadu Chief Minister, J. Jayalalithaa had supported it in the beginning but later changed her stand and filed a case against the project.
He said that if the project was implemented it would have lifted the economy of Tamil Nadu and provided employment to a large number of youths, especially from the southern states.
The AIADMK and BJP however opposed to the Chief Minister’s statement on Lord Rama as fictional character . AIADMK leader, Pollachi V. Jayaraman said that Shri Rama was an avathar and not a fictional character as stated by the Chief Minister.
BJP floor leader Nainar Nagendran said that the statement should be expunged as Lord Rama was worshipped as God.
The Chief Minister replied and said that no one has criticized God and people’s faith and added that it was pointed out that faith was used to prevent the implementation of the faith.