'Govt to pay heavy price if Ram Setu demolished'

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New Delhi, May 12: The Vishwa Hindu Parishad today warned the government against demolition of the Ram Setu in Tamil Nadu saying if it fails to declare it a national monument, it would have to pay a heavy political price. Addressing the media VHP international president Ashok Singhal said if the government wanted to stay afloat politically, it would have to refrain from touching the Ram Setu and declare it a national monument.

''Any move to hurt the sentiments of the people would have dire consequences and if this government went ahead with its plans to demolish the Ram Setu it would pay a heavy price politically.'' Calling the government's intentions as mala fide, the VHP leader said despite the Madras High Court and Supreme Court's directive the Centre was circumventing their orders to play into the hands of the US which did not want India to rise as an energy superpower.

''The thorium deposits at the Ram Setu were enough to feed our requirements for the next 400 years and make India an energy superpower, which was not acceptable to the United States and at its behest the government was bent upon demolishing it on the pretext of making a canal.'' Besides, breaking of the Ram Setu would have drastic security implications for the country as it would let everyone park itself in the international waters thereby undermining India's security close to its maritime borders, he elaborated.

Trashing suggestions of the BJP once again taking centrestage on the issue, like Ram Mandir, he said, ''The next sants meeting on June 15-16 would decide the future course of action on the issue.

And no political party would be allowed to hijack the issue as we have the support of people from all political parties.''

UNI

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