Venkaiah moots formula for Ram Sethu

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Bhopal, May 9 (UNI) Former Bharatiya Janata Party president M Venkaiah Naidu today suggested that the Congress-led United Progressive Alliance adopt a three-point formula on the Ram Sethu issue.

''An alternative route should be created for the Sethusamudram Project, the Archaeological Survey of India should be directed to undertake a profound study towards declaring the Sethu a national heritage structure and the Supreme Court directives must be heeded,'' he told reporters here.

Mr Naidu demanded the resignation of Union Health Minister Anbumani Ramadoss in the wake of the apex court's ruling that ''proved'' the Centre conspired to destroy the nature of the All India Institute of Medical Sciences by drafting legislation in an allegedly improper manner to oust the then director P Venugopal.

Talking about polls in Madhya Pradesh, Mr Naidu, who is the party's state in charge, said,''Capability, popularity and public acceptance will be the principal basis for allocation of tickets in the Madhya Pradesh polls. The main issues will be inflation and the Centre's discrimination against non-Congress governments and development.'' The Madhya Pradesh government and BJP organisation would chalk out a time-bound programme under ''Mission 2008'' to underline the regime's public-interest work and the Centre's failures, including security matter, he said.

He expressed confidence that the BJP's first absolute majority government in southern India would be formed in Karnataka.

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