VHP to file case against Karunanidhi in Bombay HC on 24th

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Nagpur, Sep 22 (UNI) The Vishwa Hindu Parishad will file a case against Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M Karunanidhi for allegedly hurting the religious sentiments of Hindus with his statements about Lord Rama.

Speaking to newspersons here today, VHP All India Secretary Vyankatesh Abdeo said the case will be filed on September 24 in Bombay High Court under section 153A (promoting enmity between different groups on grounds of religion, race, place of birth, residence, and language and doing acts prejudicial to maintenance of harmony) of the Indian Penal Code. Noted lawyer Niteen Pradhan will be among those representing VHP in court, he said adding that the organisation planned to file a similar case against the Central Government also.

''Mr Karunanidhi must have been suffering from a bout of insanity when he called Lord Rama a drunkard. The Tamil Nadu Chief Minister must, therefore, be admitted to a mental asylum,'' Mr Abdeo said.

The VHP will stage 'padyatras' in every district in the country between September 27 and October 10 to oppose the demolition of the 'Ram Sethu' for the Sethusamudram Shipping Canal Project (SSCP), he said. Each 'padyatra' will visit various areas in the district and culminate in a public meeting on the same day, Mr Abdeo told newspersons.

Mr Abdeo said United Progressive Alliance Chairman Sonia Gandhi and Prime Minister Manmohan Singh must at least apologise to the people of the country for hurting their sentiments by questioning the existence of Lord Rama in an affidavit filed before the Supreme Court.''Dr Singh must, in fact, resign accepting responsibility for the flawed affidavit, because his entire cabinet responsibile.

Minister for Tourism Ambika Soni said the affidavit was prepared in consultation with seniors, which evidently also includes Ms Gandhi and Dr Singh,'' he said.

Asserting that the constituent parties of the UPA were also responsible for the SSCP, Mr Abdeo said they should take inspiration from Bibhishan (Ravana's brother) and oppose the project. The canal would save ships only one hour and 30 minutes of voyage, he asserted. There were several other options to make the canal without damaging Ram Sethu, the most suitable one being through Dhanushkoti, between Rameshwaram and the historical structure, he added.

The SSCP envisages linking Palk Strait and the Gulf of Mannar by making a shipping canal through Rameshwaram, thus enabling ships to save a voyage around Sri Lanka.

UNI

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