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BJP criticises Karunanidhi’s decision on Hogenakkal issue

Special Correspondent

State well within its right to take up the project

CHENNAI: Reiterating his stand on the Hogenakkal issue, the Bharatiya Janata Party State president, L. Ganesan, on Sunday said the State was well within its right to take up the Hogenakkal drinking water supply project.

Criticising Chief Minister M. Karunanidhi for his decision to put the project on hold, Mr. Ganesan, who participated in several functions in the city to mark the foundation day of the party, said Mr. Karunanidhi had succumbed to the pressure of the Congress. The Chief Minister was doing injustice to the cause only by attacking leaders of the BJP.

Asked whether the controversy had stalled the movement of the BJP and the All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam getting closer in view of the former’s role in raking up the row, the BJP chief replied that if that was the case, the ruling Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam should also find it extremely difficult to have ties with the Congress. It was the Congress that was more vocal in Karnataka on the issue. Mr. S.M. Krishna had issued strong statements. Though there was no formal tie-up in place with the AIADMK, Mr. Ganesan said he did not see the issue a hindrance to align with that party later.

The BJP leader said his party was the only political organisation in the country that talked of importance of Indian culture. “It is our culture that unites people of different regions. And, after Independence, there have been serious assaults on our culture.”

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