Special Correspondent

“Sethusamudram row has brought a few parties such

as AIADMK close

to the BJP”

SALEM: A political polarisation, particularly after the Sethusamudram Canal Project (SSCP) row, is taking place in Tamil Nadu, said Bharatiya Janata Party State president L. Ganesan.

This could lead to a realignment among various political parties, some of which are opposing the project, Mr. Ganesan said talking to the media here on Wednesday.

He said the Sethusamudram row had brought a few political parties such as the All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIADMK) close to the BJP. If the new political alignment materialised, it could face the polls under the BJP leadership, he said.

Condemning the reported remarks of Union Minister of Shipping and Road Transport T. R. Baalu against the “observations made by a Supreme Court judge in connection with the Tamil Nadu bandh, the BJP leader said that such comments should not be passed against judiciary. He had urged the Union Government to remove the Minister from the Cabinet.

Mr. Ganesan pointed out that though the BJP had initiated the canal project, it would not permit demolition of the Ramar Sethu. “We prefer Ramar Sethu to the project,” he said, maintaining that the BJP would, however, support the fourth alignment.

Demonstrations

The BJP would hold demonstrations against “injustice meted out to the Backward Classes Hindus in reservation.” The government had decided to provide 7 per cent reservation to those who got converted to other religions. This would affect the BC quota of reservations, he added.

Earlier, he visited Thammampatti which witnessed unrest during the Vinayagar Chathurthi celebrations.

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