Thursday, February 7, 2008

DMK, PMK drift apart on Sethusamudram

5 Feb 2008 on Economic Times

NEW DELHI: The cracks in the ruling alliance in Tamil Nadu widened on Monday after chief minister M Karunanidhi termed ally PMK’s demand for considering an alternative alignment for implementing Sethusamudram as a “conspiracy” against the project. The CM said the suggestion was aimed at “preventing development of the southern parts of the country”.

The DMK had so far reserved such harsh comments against BJP and other Sangh parivar outfits that are opposed to the project. The chief minister acknowledged that the PMK leader had earlier expressed the view that an alternative alignment should be found.

“Opposing the project after 60% of the work has been completed is a conspiracy to stall the project,” the chief minister said in an article in DMK mouthpiece Murasoli.

Sethusamudram is not the only issue that is causing the division in the ruling alliance in Tamil Nadu. The Congress, which is supporting the TN government from outside, has been charging the administration with aiding LTTE. Rejecting finance minister P Chidambaram’s reported remarks that LTTE continued to operate in the state, Mr Karunanidhi said it was wrong to say that the outfit had a “free run” in the state.

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