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VHP slams Centre over Ram Sethu

July 28, 2008 13:06 IST

The Vishwa Hindu Parishad on Monday questioned the Centre's assertion before the Supreme Court that Lord Ram himself had destroyed the Ram Sethu (Adam's bridge) and said it was a distortion of history.

"Nowhere in the Kamba Ramayan is it mentioned that Lord Ram destroyed the bridge. It is to appease Dravida Munnettra Kazhagam leader and Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M Karunanidhi, whose party is a partner in the United Progressive Alliance coalition, that the Centre is doing such things," VHP International president Ashok Singhal said.

He was replying to questions on the government's stand on the Sethusamudram Shipping Canal Project.

"It (Ram Setu) will be protected at any cost," said VHP International General secretary Dr Praveen Togadia.

He said that saints and Hindu leaders, at a meeting at Haridwar, had resolved that the Sethu be declared a historical monument.

On construction of the Ram temple at Ayodhya, he said it would be done by an act of Parliament. "The temple will come up and we will see to it that such an Act is brought in the next Lok Sabha," he said.

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