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BJP demands apology from Karunanidhi
New Delhi (PTI): The BJP on Wednesday appeared unimpressed by Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M Karunanidhi’s softening of stand on the Lord Ram controversy and continued to seek his apology for his remarks against the Hindu God.
The party also welcomed superstar RajniKant’s statement that the sentiments of the people should be considered while implementing the Setusamudram project and asked the UPA government not to destroy the Ram Setu.
“The UPA government in the last few days has addressed the concerns of its allies and changing its decisions. It should also consider the sentiments of crores of people and should not destroy the Ram Setu,” BJP spokesman Prakash Javdekar told reporters here.
He said the issue of destroying Ram Setu is not only about religious beliefs but also have environment impact. “It is a matter of heritage also.”
When his attention was drawn Karunanidhi’s statement that he has nothing against Ram, Javdekar said, “in that case he should apologise for his worst remarks against Ram and should not insist upon destroying Ram Setu”.
He said either the government should change the alignment of the Setu Samudram project and announce it immediately so that the sentiments of crores of Hindus are not wounded.
Jayalalithaa describes as shameful TN CM’s request to Rajnikanth
Chennai (PTI): AIADMK supremo Jayalalithaa on Wednesday described as “shameful” Chief Minister M Karunanidhi’s request to Tamil superstar Rajnikanth to convince his “saint friends” in North India not to oppose the implementation of the Sethusamudram project.
“Being a Chief Minister for so many times and given his experience,it is shameful to seek such a recommendation,” she told reporters at the party headquarters here.
Speaking at an award function here on Tuesday night, Karunanidhi requested Rajnikanth to explain to his friends in the north that he (Karunanidhi) was not against Lord Ram and that the Sethusamudram project would put the state on the path of development.
Jayalalithaa said the project was as good as dropped as both the Centre and the Axis Bank, the funding agency, were not willing to finance the project as its cost had now risen to over Rs 4,000 crores.
Stating that the project would be economically unviable and prove to be a disaster, she said it would be beneficial only to Karunanidhi and his family and Union Shipping Minister T R Baalu but not to the nation.
VHP for committee led by Kalam on Sethusamudram project
ALLAHABAD, OCT 17 (PTI)
The Vishwa Hindu Parishad today demanded that a committee be set up under the chairmanship of former President A P J Abdul Kalam to study the feasibility of the Sethusamudram project in its proposed form.
“We have no faith in any feasibility study conducted by any experts committee set up by the central government as it is unlikely to serve any purpose other than protecting the interests of vested interests and, to some extent, appeasing the Marxists who have never had any respect for traditions and sentiments of Hindus”, VHP International President Ashok Ssinghal told reporters here.
VHP wants Kalam in Sethu committee
Allahabad, Oct 17: The Vishwa Hindu Parishad today demanded that a committee be set up under the chairmanship of former President A P J Abdul Kalam to study the feasibility of the Sethusamudram project in its proposed form.
“We have no faith in any feasibility study conducted by any experts committee set up by the central government as it is unlikely to serve any purpose other than protecting the interests of vested interests and, to some extent, appeasing the Marxists who have never had any respect for traditions and sentiments of Hindus”, VHP International President Ashok Singhal told reporters here.
He said that to resolve the crisis, a team of experts headed by Kalam, “who is himself a native of Rameswaram and whose patriotism is unquestionable”, should be constituted which would “honestly state the perils involved in demolishing the Ram sethu and also suggest suitable alternatives”.
Lauding the Supreme Court’s tough stand against Tamil Nadu’s ruling DMK when it threatened to stage a bandh for speedy completion of the project, the VHP supremo hoped “the country’s highest judicial body will make the necessary intervention in the matter”.
Singhal also said VHP would go ahead with its mass awareness campaign on the Sethusamudram issue, “which would be of much greater magnitude than Ayodhya and eventually lead to a political atmosphere in which no outfit would dare to take Hindus for granted”. (Agencies)