New Delhi, Apr 20: The Bharatiya Janata Party leader Rajnath Singh has vowed that if voted to power he will stop the Sethusamudram shipping canal project. The project has been condemned by the Hindu religious groups as the project would effectively destroy a mythical bridge built by Hindu god, Lord Ram.
"This government led by Congress party is planning to demolish the Ram Setu. If our government comes to power, then no one can dare to destroy the Rama Setu," Rajnath Singh said in an election rally in Jalna, a parliamentary constituency in Maharashtra.
The 560 million dollars Sethusamudram Ship Canal Project will make way for a channel in a narrow strip of sea between India and Sri Lanka, reducing distances and cutting costs for freight traffic.
The project began in 2005 and the channel -- 12 metres deep, 300 metres wide and almost 90 km long -- will cut through the Ram Sethu bridge and link the Palk Bay with the Gulf of Mannar.
In a strategic move the party has also taken up the cause of a seperate Gorkhaland that will help them win the votes of the Ethnic Nepalis or Gorkhas living in the Darjeeling Hills.