Baalu bluffing on Ramar bridge: Jaya

via published on May 2, 2007

NT Bureau
Chennai, May 2:

AIADMK general secretary J Jayalalithaa today accused Union Minister for Shipping and Surface Transport T R Baalu of bluffing and trying to hide the truth on the Ramar bridge issue.

In a strongly worded statement here, Jayalalithaa said NASA, the American space agency had corroborated the existence of Ramar Bridge mentioned in Ramayana, by its satellite pictures. It has also made it clear that the bridge was 17,50,000 years old. ‘The Britishers called it the Adambs bridge and the fact that a bridge existed was contained in the survey department records made during the English rule. It is the duty of us all to protect such an ancient heritage symbol and pass it on to the future generations,’ the AIADMK chief said and alleged that the DMK had ventured to destroy this ancient monument for ‘selfish monetary considerations’.

The AIADMK, BJP and leaders of several other political parties, besides the general public, have strongly objected to the demolition of Ramar bridge. ‘Despite evidences, Baalu is denying the existence of Ramar bridge and is lying that such a structure was never there,’ Jayalalithaa said.

She also alleged that in an effort to make true his theory that there was no bridge, the Union Minister had gone to the Saraswathi Mahal library at Thanjavur. ‘It appears that he had tried to destroy old documents related to the existence of the Ramar bridge and had also intimidated officials of the library,’ the AIADMK chief alleged and added that it was an unpardonable act.

Television channels have also shown images of stones of the Ramar bridge being taken away stealthily in a ship.

The leader of the opposition also appealed to the President and Prime Minster to immediately stop further damage to the ancient Ramar bridge.

‘If no action is taken immediately, the AIADMK would take legal steps to halt the destruction of Ramar bridge,’ Jayalalithaa said.

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