Protests all over the Nation over Sethu Samundram Case
New Delhi: After nation-wide protests by the BJP and other Hindu groups over the Congress government’s affidavit in the Sethu Samundram case, the Union Law Minister Hans Raj Bharadwaj today said that a new affidavit will be filed in the Supreme Court very soon. The present government’s affidavit stated that there isn’t any historical existence of Lord Rama.
Mr. Bhardwaj said in a press note, "We have decided to file a supplementary affidavit in the litigation and I have been in touch with the Additional Solicitor General who drafted this affidavit as well as the secretary this morning. I feel that such a supplementary affidavit is required.”
On September 12, the Centre rejected the claim of the existence of the "Rama Sethu" in the area where the Sethusamudram project is under construction, saying there was no historical evidence to establish the existence of Lord Rama or other characters in Ramayana.
The government’s affidavit said, "The contents of the Valmiki Ramayana, the Ramcharitmanas by Tulsidas and other mythological texts ... cannot be said to be historical record to incontrovertibly prove the existence of the characters or the occurrence of the events depicted therein."
Meanwhile, BJP leader Lal Krishna Advani, has said that the affidavit is an insult for the Hindu Religion and BJP will continue its protests all over India. The government has hit the sentiments of Millions of Hindus very badly.
Mr. L.K. Advani further added, "Yesterday's affidavit is the proof of government's thought process, which we have witnessed in many cases from time to time. We have named it pseudo secularism and this is the most horrendous example of this pseudo secularism."
The Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) is opposing the 560 million dollars project, which they say would destroy the Ram Sethu, a 48- kilometer chain of limestone shoals that once linked Rameswaram in Tamil Nadu to Mannar in Sri Lanka.
This and increased freight traffic will harm marine life and threaten the livelihood of thousands of fishermen in both countries. (With Inputs from ANI)