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VHP claims party support on Setu

VHP claimed to have support of various political parties, besides BJP, for 'Ram Setu' even as it announced a massive rally to press for the conservation of the structure.

delhi Updated: Dec 26, 2007 21:24 IST

The Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) on Wednesday claimed to have support of various political parties, besides BJP, for 'Ram Setu' even as it announced a massive rally to press for the conservation of the structure.

Addressing a press conference in New Delhi, VHP leader Ashok Singhal said: "I have talked to Lalu jee (Railway Minister Lalu Prasad) and he has assured of the full safety and arrangements for the people who will come through trains from all parts of the country to attend the rally".

Singhal said: "Lalu jee shares our belief on Ram Setu. He also opposes destruction of Ram Setu. During our conversation, he also said certain things in the same regard which I can't disclose here".

Besides, "a large section of people in the ruling party also oppose the destruction of the Setu," he claimed adding his talks with the Chief Ministers of many states also revealed that "they all favour the conservation of Ram Setu".

The VHP leader said he also got an assurance from Punjab Chief Minister Prakash Singh Badal, who expressed his support for the movement.

Another prominent VHP leader Praveen Togadia said: "We are trying to get the support of political parties. We have sent invitations for the upcoming programme to all the MPs, including UPA Chairperson Sonia Gandhi and Shipping Minister T R Baalu."