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The Pretty Project: Day 55

October 19, 2009

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The Pretty Project: Day 55

October 19, 2009

BJP to declare Ramsetu ‘heritage monument’ if it comes to power

March 22, 2009

CHENNAI: BJP will declare the Ramasetu “a heritage monument,” if the alliance led by the party would be voted to power at the Centre in the Lok 

Sabha polls, party’s state unit said on Sunday. 

BJP state unit president L Ganesan, in a statement here, alleged that if the alliance comprising the DMK came to power, “it will try to demolish” the Ramsetu. 

The bridge, believed to have been constructed by Lord Ram, became a centre of controversy after Hindus opposed its demolition for the construction of Rs 2,400 crore Sethusamudram Shipping Canal Project (SSCP). 

While crediting former Prime Minister A B Vajpayee for issuing in-principle approval and taking up study for the implementation of the project, Ganesan claimed the plan was “altered” after the UPA Government took over. 

“The DMK has assumed the matter as its policy failure and is adamant (in the implementation),” he said at an apparent reference to DMK president M Karunanidhi asking his party workers to inform people on the “roadblocks” created for the project. 

“If another alliance comprising of the DMK comes to power, it will try to demolish the Ramsetu. But if a BJP-led combine is voted to power, the bridge will be declared a heritage monument of historical importance,” he said.

EC finds Varun Gandhi guilty of provocative speech

March 22, 2009

NEW DELHI: The Election Commission on Sunday found the BJP leader and candidate from Pilibhit, Varun Gandhi, guilty of anti-Muslim speeches 

which sparked off widespread criticism. ( Watch 

The Election Commission rejected Varun’s reply, expressing dissatisfaction over it. The commission has also advised the party to not issue him a ticket to fight the Lok Sabha elections. 

While Gandhi in his reply to the EC’s notice had claimed that the CD, containing his alleged hate-speech, was doctored, Chief Election Commissioner N Gopalaswami had gone on record stating that the onus was on Gandhi to prove that the tape was doctored. 

In its reply, BJP distanced itself from Gandhi’s hate speeches and told EC that his remarks did not represent the views of the party. 

It, however, asked the poll panel to check the genuineness of the CD containing the comments. 

Gandhi was slapped with a notice for making speeches that had communal overtones during his rallies in Pilibhit in Uttar Pradesh.