September 02, 2007 BJP Mahila Morcha presents ten million signatures to protect Ram Sethu to President
Big dharna at Jantar Mantar to save Ram Sethu The agitation of Hindus against the destruction of Ram Sethu has reached at its peak. The whole country is agitated over the issue. As part of the countrywide agitations, dharnas, demonstrations, rallies, observing fasts, presenting memorandums and conducting signature campaigns by different organisations, a massive dharna was staged at Jantar Mantar in New Delhi on August 23 to exert pressure on the UPA government.
Addressing the agitators, senior BJP leader and former Union Minister Dr Murli Manohar Joshi said there would have been no need of entering into any nuclear agreement with the US if our government had made efforts to preserve our own reserves of thorium. He made it clear that the plan of Sethusamudram Ship Canal Project had been revived during the NDA regime but it never supported the destruction of Ram Sethu. He alleged that the Union Shipping Minister T.R. Balu is now conspiring to blast the Sethu by dynamite. “If it happens it would be the most unfortunate decision for the country and the environment. We have sought an appointment from the Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh to stop the government from taking this disastrous step,” he said and added that the movement for the protection of Ram Sethu is the fight to save the soul of the country.
VHP general secretary Dr Pravin Togadia warned the government to restrain from taking such a suicidal step otherwise the every street of the country will witness massive agitations. “If the government does not change the route of the Sethusamudaram Project lakhs of people would demonstrate at Parliament in September.” He said more than three lakh people joined the countrywide dharnas and fasts on August 12 and lakhs of people from southern states would assemble in Rameshwaram on August 26 to warn the government.
Noted scientist and national president of Ram Sethu Raksha Manch Dr S. Kalyanraman said the Ram Sethu is being demolished under pressure from America, which wants to destroy our reserves of thorium at any cost. He reserves it is very unfortunate that the leaders of the country failed to realise the real conspiracy of the US behind this project. Former VHP president Shri Vishnu Hari Dalmia appealed to the Hindus to use their tool of Hindu vote bank and do not support the anti-Hindu parties and leaders. Mahant Naval Kishor Das, Delhi BJP president Dr Harsh Vardhan, Rashtriya Sikh Sangat leader Shri Jagjivan Jot Singh ‘Anand’, Shri Mangeram Garg of Dharmayatra Mahasangh, Shri Lakshmandev of RSS and veteran VHP leader Acharya Giriraj Kishor also spoke on the occasion.
Meanwhile, a high-level delegation of 26 BJP Mahila Morcha activists under the leadership of national president Smt Kiran Maheshwari, MP, presented a memorandum supported by one crore signatures to President Smt. Pratibha Patil on August 21 in New Delhi and requested her to direct the government to change the route of the Sethusamudram Project to save the symbol of Indian culture and identity—Ram Sethu. The President assured the delegation to forward their request to the department concerned and to apprise the sentiments of women of the country to the government. Activists of Bharatiya Janshakti Party also staged a dharna at Jantar Mantar on August 21 for the protection of Ram Sethu. (FOC)