VHP crticises change of Tamil New Year

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Tiruchirapalli, Jan 31: Viswa Hindu Parishad (VHP) International Working President S Vedhantham has strongly criticised the Tamil Nadu Government's move to change the Tamil New year day to Pongal Day, the first day of the Tamil month of 'Thai'.

Talking to newspersons here last night, Mr Vedhantham pointed out that this was another political stunt of Mr Karunanidhi. The first day of Tamil month Thai was observed as Makara Sankranthi all over India, and moreover, the existing practice of commencement of Tamil New Year in the Tamil Month 'Chithirai' was scientific and it was calculated based on the planatory move, he said.

In reality, Mr Karunanidhi's move would not serve the purpose, he added.

He also pointed out that the people would not accept Mr Karunanidhi's unilateral decision and unwisely act, and demanded him to withdraw his hasty move immediately.

He said the two-day state executive of the Tamil Nadu VHP at Madurai on February 2 and 3 would discuss the further course of action on this issue.

Referring to the Ram Setu issue, Mr Vedhantham said following the overwhelming protest from the people across the country, the Centre had pushed the Sethusamudhram ship Channel Project (SSCP) into the ''cold storage.'' He also recalled that the previous AIADMK Government in the state did not issue its NOC for the SSCP project, when it was launched by then Central Government.

r Vedhantham wanted the Supreme Court to take note of this technical point. He said the apex court, which vacated its own stay against the conduct of Jallikattu in Tamil Nadu in order to respect the sentiments of the people from a few districts, should take into consideration the sentiments of the people from all over the country in the SSCP case also.

He pointed out that if the SSCP project was implemented demolishing the Ram Setu, the huge deposit of Thorium, Titatinium and Limonite on the Tamil Nadu-Kerala coastal areas would be dragged into the deep sea without any usage.

Experts opined that such huge quantity of rare earth could be utilised for country's power generation at least for the next 400 years, Mr Vedhantham said, and added if the Central and State Governments wanted to improve the economic conditions of the southern districts of Tamil Nadu, instead of taking adament stand on the SSCP, they should think over the establishment of a Marine Economic Zone between Nagapattinam and Kanniyakumari districts.

He said the presence and infiltration of the banned Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) in the State was high and wanted the Centre and State Governments to take it as a serious issue posing endanger to the country's security.

Mr Yedhantham said there was close link between the LTTE and Maoists in Andhra Pradesh, Madya Pradesh and in other parts of India.

He suggested that the interference of UNO into the ethinic Tamils issue in Sri Lanka could be a proper step for protecting the interest of innocent Tamils in the island nation.

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