Bhubaneswar, Sept 08: Lashing out at the erstwhile
NDA government for mooting the Sethusamudram project, VHP
today called for rail and road blockade in Orissa on September
12 to protest against the proposed demolition of Ram Setu.
The three-hour 'chakka jam' by Rameswaram Sreeramsetu
Surakshaya Manch would begin at 8 am, General Secretary of
VHP Orissa unit Gouri Prashad Rath said here adding essential
services would be kept out of its purview.
Rath said it was a mistake on part of the erstwhile NDA
government to sanction the Sethusamudram project as it cannot
be completed without demolishing the ancient Ram Setu.
The 'sacred Setu' should not be touched as it is
associated with sentiments of Hindus, he said.
To a question as to why the Sangh Parivar was silent when
the project was sanctioned, Rath said they were not aware that
Ram Setu would fall a 'victim' to the move. "As soon as we
realised the consequences, VHP and other organisations openly
The opposition to the project was not political but "the
Hindus are opposed to demolition of the Ram Setu," he added.