Swamy challenges Baalu on Ram Sethu Debate

published on May 23, 2007

Swamy joins issue with Baalu

News Today. NT Bureau Chennai, May 22:

Objecting strongly to the statement made by Union Shipping Minister T R Baalu in Madurai yesterday, Janata Party president Subramaniam Swamy today came down heavily on him for his constant disparagement of the existence of the Ramar-Setu bridge.

At a press conference today, the party president said, ‘If the Minister continues to doubt the existence of the bridge, I shall file a criminal complaint against him and seek his arrest’.

Quoting the Ancient Monuments and Archaeological Sites and Remains Act, he stated that any religiously revered object; even a stone, that is more than 100 years old is eligible to be declared a heritage structure by the government. He urged the government to declare Ramar-Setu as an ancient monument and preserve its heritage.

The president said that the Ramar-Setu bridge is a heritage monument for Sri Lanka also and he had written a letter to the Sri Lankan Government about the threat to the bridge.

In return, Sri Lankan authorities assured him that they will take the matter up with the Indian Government and an expert committee has given a report to the Sri Lankan President in this regard, Swamy said.


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