Everyone in the state should be ready to struggle for the speedy implementation of the Sethu Samudram Shipping Canal Project, said DMK treasurer M.K. Stalin.

Addressing a meeting here on Tuesday, he said that the Sethu project would be beneficial not only to southern districts but also the country. Chief Minister Jayalalithaa, who boycotted the inaugural function of the dream project, had filed an affidavit against it in the Supreme Court.

Tamil Nadu was the first to insist the Centre on its implementation. Ms. Jayalalithaa promised to support it in her 2004 MP election manifesto. “Why did the State protested against the project? Why did the MDMK leader Vaiko and CPI leader T. Pandian remain silent spectators in this regard?” he asked.

Results of SSLC and Plus Two examinations had mirrored the success of ‘Samacheer Kalvi,’ introduced by the previous DMK regime. The number state toppers in SSLC exam rose to nine this year from one last year, the number of second rank holders shot up to 52 from just 6, third rank holders catapulted to 137 from just 11 and candidates who secured centum in mathematics too rose to 29,905 from just 1,141. Such was the effect of the system. But Ms. Jayalalithaa tried to abandon it, he said. Expressing concern over murder of BJP state general secretary ‘Auditor’ V. Ramesh, Mr. Stalin said that leaders of the BJP and Hindu Munnani had been murdered at regular intervals in the last two years, which “signalled the deterioration of law and order” in the state. There was no security to leaders of other parties, he said. Election fund of Rs.1.01 crore was handed over to him.

‘Leaders of the BJP and Hindu Munnani had been murdered at regular intervals in the last two years’

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