UPA to abandon the plan to destroy Ram Sethu, Special care not to give its credit to Sangh!

published on June 6, 2007

Press Release by Shri Subramaniya Swami


1. An official of the Prime Minister’s office told me last night that the Union Cabinet had asked the Union Minister for Parliamentary Affairs Mr.Suresh Pachouri to fly by special plane to Jhoteshwar, Madhya Pradesh to meet Swami Swaroopanand Saraswati, one of the Jagadguru Shankaracharyas at his Ashram. Mr.Suresh Pachouri, also a long-term devotee of the Shankaracharya, met him yesterday afternoon to seek the Acharya’s help in containing the growing VHP-led agitation for protecting the Rama Setu.

2. Mr.Pachauri told the Acharya, according to PMO source, that the Centre has decided to abandon the plan to breach the Rama Setu for the
Setu Samudrum Canal Project, and seek “an amicable way out”. The Prime Minister has also told the DMK nominee as Union Shipping Minister, T.R.Baalu “not to touch the Rama Setu”.

However, Ms.Sonia Gandhi is reportedly keen that the “credit” for abandoning the project’s plan to destruct the Rama Setu does not go to the VHP and RSS.

Hence the brief given to Mr.Pachauri was to involve Swami Swaroopanand whose pro-Congress credentials are well known, to “negotiate” with the Union Government and reach a settlement.

3. In a massive rally organized by the VHP on May 27th at New Delhi’s Ramlila Maidan at which I was also a speaker, the venerated sadhus from all over India resolved under the chairmanship of Pejawar Mutt Swamiji, to give an ultimatum to the Union Government to stop the attempted destruction of the Rama Setu, built by Lord Rama’s Vanar Sena as a causeway to enable the Lord’s army to cross into Sri Lanka where Sita Devi was kept prisoner by Ravana.

Madras High Court has admitted the three Writ Petitions filed on this issue by the Hindu Munnani and myself on May 15, 2007. The matter for stay of the project will be heard by the Court on June 14th.


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