BJP lauds ‘Ram Setu’ findings Hits out at critics

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By 2017-12-16

The claim made in a new show of a United States science channel that the 'Ram Setu' between India and Sri Lanka is man-made has reaffirmed the Bharatiya Janata Party's (BJP) stand on the issue, the party said on 13 December, asserting that it believes in the existence of Lord Ram.

"It is unfortunate that Congress has always been apologetic when it came to respecting Hindu religion. I wish once and for all this debate (on Ram Setu) is settled. We should respect Ram Setu and no damage should be done to it," Union Minister Piyush Goyal told at a press conference.

His Cabinet colleague and Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad also hit out at the United Progressive Alliance (UPA) government for an affidavit in the Supreme Court which had questioned the belief among Hindus that the land bridge was built by Lord Ram to reach then Lanka to rescue his wife Sita, as depicted in the epic Ramayana.

"Those who filed the affidavit should explain now. The research has supported what the BJP has been claiming all along. The setu is part of our cultural heritage," Prasad told reporters. In a promotion for its upcoming show, the channel quotes an archaeologist that the rocks on top of the sand pre-date the sand. "This is what the BJP has been saying all along," Minister of State for Home Affairs Kiren Rijiju said.

BJP, Goyal said, is not apologetic about its love for Lord Ram and for the party functionaries he was an ideal human being. "A secular democratic framework allows each Indian to respect his religion. We are proud of our religion and we are proud of every religion in India," he said.

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