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Asian Tribune is published by E-LANKA MEDIA(PVT)Ltd. Vol. 20 No. 79

Jayalalithaa tells Delhi: Stop Sethu dredging

[b]Jayalalithaa tells Delhi: Stop Sethu dredging[/b]

By M Rama Rao - Reporting for Asian Tribune

New Delhi, Sept 06, ( The Sethu Samudram project has become a political football in Tamilnadu with parties guided by vote bank politics since Tamilnadu is going for a general election next year.

Chief Minister Jayalalithaa is upped her ante and sternly told Delhi: Stop Sethu dredging.

To register her ire against the Congress led Federal government, she did not turn up at the airport when Prime Minister Manmohan Singh visited Chennai over the week end.

Sethu Samudram project is being championed by DMK party. Its nominee in the federal government T Baalu, as the minister for shipping, has been vigorously pushing for the venture.

Jaya, on her part, is makign common cause with the fishermen folk and environmentalists who are opposed to Sethu, which is being designed to reduce cruising time between east and west coast of India. Nevertheless, she is staking credit for the project pointing out that the project has become a reality only due to the consistent efforts of former Chief Minister MGR and herself over a period. She says, implement it only after clearing the environmental risks involved.

Due to the movement of the dredgers in the Palk Strait, fishing nets worth several lakhs of rupees had been damaged.

This has offere the opening Jaya was looking for and she has dashed off a hardhitting statement.

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