Jaya hits out at Baalu over Setu channel project

Baalu is no marine engineer, says Jaya

NT Bureau | Sat, 26 Jan, 2008 , 01:22 PM

AIADMK general secretary J Jayalalithaa on Saturday wanted to know whether Union Shipping Minister T R Baalu was a qualified marine engineer to question the technical opinion of the country’s Naval chief.

Referring to media reports on Baalu’s strong reactions to Naval Chief Admiral Suresh Mehta ‘s remarks on the Sethusamudram Shipping Canal Project (SSCP), Jayalalithaa, in a statement here, said, ‘people are now wondering whether Baalu is a marine engineer.’

Adding further, she said Chief Minister M Karunanidhi who had asked whether Lord Rama was an engineer or had obtained degree in engineering to construct Ram Sethu, wondered as to ‘from which college did Baalu pass out in marine engineering.

Or is he a member in any of the Indian or foreign naval schools or is he a naval engineer, she asked.

Jayalalithaa said Baalu had ‘no authority to question technical opinion of the country’s Naval chief.’

She added: ‘Baalu is not the Defence Minister of the country. Only the Cabinet or the Prime Minister can intervene in such issues especially where national security is concerned.’

The former Chief Minister reiterated her stand against the SSCP by saying it would affect the livelihood of fishermen and was an effort to destroy a heritage structure.

‘It is a useless project for the future,’ she said.

It may be noted that Naval Chief Admiral Suresh Mehta had reportedly observed in Chennai last week that the SSCP was ‘useful only for small ships and not for the big ships sailing on international routes.’

According to media reports, Baalu, in his letter to Defence Minister A K Antony, had termed Mehta’s remarks as ‘unfortunate.’

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Jaya hits out at Baalu over Sethusamudhram project
26 Jan 2008, 1521 hrs ISTclip_image001,clip_image002PTI
CHENNAI: Criticising Union Shipping Minister T R Baalu for his strong reactions to observations made by the Naval Chief on the Sethusamudhram project, AIAMDK supremo J Jayalalithaa on Saturday wondered whether the minister himself “is a marine engineer”.

Naval Chief Admiral Sureesh Mehta had observed in Chennai last week that the project was “useful only for small ships and not for the big ships plying on international routes.”

Citing media reports on Baalu lodging his protest with Defence Minister A K Antony over this issue, Jayalalithaa said Baalu had “no authority to question technical opinion of the country’s Naval chief”.

“People are now wondering whether Baalu is a marine engineer. From which college did he pass out in marine engineering? Or is he a member in any of the Indian or foreign naval schools or is he a naval engineer,” she said in a statement here.

According to media reports, Baalu, in his letter to Antony, had termed Mehta’s remarks as “unfortunate”.

“Baalu is not the Defence Minister of the country. Only the Cabinet or the Prime Minister can intervene in such issues especially where national security is concerned,” she said.

She reiterated her stand against the Sethusamudram Canal Project (SSCP), saying it would affect the livelihood of fishermen and the project was an effort to destroy a heritage structure.

“It is a useless project for the future,” she added. Earlier, Chief Minister Karunanidhi, a few months ago, had asked whether the Lord was an engineer or obtained an engineering degree from any college when those opposed to dredging of Ramsethu had claimed that the bridge was built by Lord Rama.

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