Nation-wide agitation planned on Ram Sethu issue

via published on November 12, 2007

Coimbatore: Rameswaram Ram Sethu Protection Movement on Monday said it would hold a nationwide agitation if the Centre failed to declare by November 30 that the Ram Sethu or Adam’s bridge would not be destroyed for implementing the Sethu Samudram Project.

The UPA government should also declare the bridge as a national monument, the movement convenor and working president of Vishwa Hindu Parishad, Vedantham said here.

Briefing reporters on the deliberations of the executive committee meeting of the movement’s Tamil Nadu chapter, held here on Sunday, Vedantham said that it was decided to hold ‘Ramshila Yatra,’ from November 20 to December 10 in all the districts in the country.

Stones and rock pieces would be collected from Rameswaram where it is believed that Lord Rama started building the ‘floating bridge’. These stones and rock pieces would be sent to the districts, to create awareness about the issue among the people, he said.

Alleging that ‘certain vested interests’ in Congress and DMK wanted to destroy the Ram Sethu in retaliation to the demolition of the disputed Babri Masjid structure in Ayodhya, to appease Muslim community, Vedantham cautioned that the Centre would be solely responsible and accountable for the violence in the aftermath of destruction of Ram Sethu.

When asked about the future course of action of the movement, he said Mutt heads and saints would meet at Ayodhya on Tuesday and also at Chennai on November 17, to discuss the strategy. Tamil Nadu would be the central point of the agitation, Vedantham said.

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