Give up Setu project: Togadia

Give up Sethu project: Togadia

Special Correspondent

VADODARA (17 Feb. 2008): Vishwa Hindu Parishad international general secretary Pravin Togadia has warned of a nation-wide popular agitation if the Centre went ahead with the Sethu Samudram Ship Canal Project.

Talking to journalists at the conclusion of the two-day conference of the Seva Sangam organised by the VHP at Sokhda village near Vadodara on Sunday, Dr. Togadia said the VHP’s huge rally in Delhi on December 30 and its “chakka jam” programme on the Sethu Samudram issue might have given the government an idea about the popular sentiments against tampering with the Ram Sethu. VHP national president Ashok Singhal also attended the deliberations.

Pointing out that lakhs of people attended the Delhi rally and participated in the “chakka jam,” Dr. Togadia said the government should give up any idea of going ahead with the ship canal project. Asked about Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M. Karunanidhi’s insistence on going ahead with the project, he said: “The VHP will not tolerate any attempt to play with Lord Ram.”

http://www.hindu.com/2008/02/18/stories/2008021854781200.htm

Togadia warns of agitation on Sethu project

Vadodara (PTI): The Vishwa Hindu Parishad will launch an agitation if the government goes ahead with the Sethu Samudram Ship Canal Project, its international general secretary Pravin Togadia warned on Sunday.

Togadia told reporters at Sokhda village on the outskirts of the city that after VHP’s huge rally in Delhi about a month ago, the government should give up any idea or plans of going ahead with the project.

He said lakhs of people from various parts of the country had attended the rally to register their protest on this issue. Earlier, the ‘chakka jam’ (road blockade) organised by the organisation against the government’s stand on ‘Ram Setu’ too had received the overwhelming support from people across the country, he claimed.

Togadia is in Sokhda to attend a two-day conference of Seva Sangam organised by VHP for serving the poor and needy nationwide through 6,056 projects.

When pointed out that Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Karunanidhi may be pushing for the implementation of the Sethusamudram project, Togadia said that any attempt to “play with Lord Ram will not be tolerated”.

He also stressed on the need to build the Ram temple at the same place in Ayodhya and said the VHP will not allow any shift from the original site to any other place.

http://www.hindu.com/thehindu/holnus/002200802172040.htm

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