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Will pray to Lord Ram for Karunanidhi: BJP
September 22, 2007 14:07 IST
Taking a dig at Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M Karunanidhi over his remarks on Lord Ram, the Bharatiya Janata Party on Saturday said that it will "pray to Lord Ram for blessing the DMK supremo with wisdom".
"Whoever denies Lord Ram is actually denying the nation. We will pray to Lord Ram that Karunanidhi be blessed with better wisdom and understanding," former Uttar Pradesh chief minister and senior party leader Kalyan Singh told reporters on the sidelines of the party's National Executive meet in Bhopal on Saturday.
The executive, which is deliberating on the Ram Sethu issue today, is expected to announce a nation-wide agitation programme. Senior BJP leader Murli Manohar Joshi is likely to coordinate the movement on the issue, party leaders said.
"Ram is a symbol of nationalism and every bit of the soil here reflects the existence of Ram," Singh, who was one of the leaders at the forefront of the Ayodhya movement, said.
His remarks come a day after party chief Rajnath Singh demanded that the DMK ministers at the Centre should be sacked if Prime Minister Manmohan Singh [Images] and Congress president Sonia Gandhi [Images] failed to persuade Karunanidhi to withdraw his "blasphemous" remarks on Lord Ram.
Meanwhile, the saffron party sought to corner the Congress on the contentious issue by alleging that the ruling party was using the DMK chief to air its views.
"Karunanidhi is, in fact, being used by Congress to make their own views public," party spokesman Prakash Javedakar said.