No birthday celebrations for Karunanidhi
India: Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M Karunanidhi will not celebrate his
85th birthday on June 3 due to the prevailing uncertainty over his dream
plan the Sethusamudram project as well as the menace of terrorism
threatening the country.
"A project endorsed as the greatest benefit to Tamil Nadu by late
leaders like Dravidar Kazhagam founder Periyar (E V Ramasamy) and former
chief ministers C N Annadurai and K Kamaraj is hanging," he said in a
An air of uncertainty hangs over the Rs 2400 crore Sethusamudram
project aimed at linking Palk Bay and Gulf of Mannar between India and
Sri Lanka by dredging a 83-km-long deep water channel after the May 8
Supreme Court judgement.
In its judgement, the apex court had asked the Centre to explore the
possibility of an alternative alignment or any other route for the
project without damaging the Ramar Sethu, the mythological bridge
believed to have been built to enable Lord Ram to cross over to Lanka to
rescue wife Sita from Ravana.
"Terrorism is threatening the people. There is a dilemma whether to
save the country or family from terrorism," he said without elaborating.
His announcement to cancel birthday celebrations came much before the
Jaipur serial blasts.
On Tuesday, Karunanidhi, who normally celebrates his birthdays with
day-long festivities and meeting supporters, appealed to all to refrain
from calling on him on his 85th birthday. "I request you all to refrain
from celebrating my birthday and visiting me. I will not be in Chennai
for a whole week."
He said considering his mental and physical strain he should be
relieved from the task of receiving visitors and accepting their