VHP to recruit 'Karsewaks' to fight out Centre on Ram Sethu issue

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Lucknow, Oct 6 (UNI) Refusing to relent on the Ram Sethu issue, Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) today announced to recruit ' Karseveks' to fight with the Centre in its third phase of agitation starting October 12.

''VHP will recruit at least 50 million karseveks in the country who will be the main force for agitation to compel the Centre to withdraw its decision to demolish the bridge made by Lord Ram,'' said VHP's general secretary Praveen Bhai Togadia here.

Addressing a press conference, Dr Togadia said the Karseveks would be recruited between October 12 and 26 when the members would be asked to recite ' Hanuman Chalisa' daily.''On the last day-- October 26 also known as Valmiki Jayanti--the entire karseveks would recite Hanuman Chalisa en-mass,'' he said.

He, however, made it clear that VHP would not allow anyone to make the Ram Sethu a political or election issue.''It would be the saints and sadhus to lead the agitation and no political leader would be allowed to participate in the agitation,'' he added.

Commenting on the statements made by Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M Karunanidhi on Lord Ram, Dr Togadia said Karunanidhi was using the language of Auranzeb and he should be jailed under section 153 of the IPC.'' There is a clear nexus between the Congress at the Centre and DMK to insult the Hindus over the Ram Sethu issue,'' he said.

''VHP has given time till November 20 to the Centre to withdraw the order to demolish the Ram Sethu and if they refuse to do so then the saints and sadhus would be forced to come on the streets'', he said adding that a meeting of the sadhus and saints would be held at Ayodhya after November 20 to chalk out the future course of action.

He said on November 20, VHP will bring out 8000 Rameshwaram Ram Setu Shila yatras from different parts of the country to cover almost 6.25 lakh villages of the state.

The VHP leader made it clear that Ram sethu was a functioning bridge between India and Sri Lanka till the year 1417 and later sank under the water after an earthquake.

Presently, the VHP was holding yatras at different places to make people aware about the Ram Sethu issue after their countrywide ' Chakka Jam' programme held on September 12.


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