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It's a "civil war" over Ram in UPA: BJP

india Updated: Sep 19, 2007 02:53 IST

The BJP on Tuesday said the Ram Setu affidavit fiasco has triggered a " full-scale civil war" in the UPA following DMK leader M Karunanidhi's vitriolic remarks on Lord Ram and demands from within the Congress for resignation of Culture Minister Ambika Soni.

"It's a full-scale civil war in the UPA, a signal of collapse of this unnatural alliance," BJP spokesman Prakash Javadekar said at a news conference here.

The BJP leader, who flayed Karunanidhi for his remarks on Lord Ram, said he wondered why the ruling Congress stopped short of condemning them outright.

"Those remarks are more offensive than the affidavit (on the Ram Setu). The Congress should explain its stand on them," Javadekar said.

He alleged that the UPA would soon break apart as he cited a string of statements by leaders of the ruling alliance against one another.

"National interest has become a casualty to this civil war in the UPA which is evident from the statements of Jairam Ramesh and R K Dhawan aginst Ambika Soni. Then there is Sibal's spat with the Left The UPA is sinking vessel," Javadekar said.

The BJP leader maintained that his party was not opposed to the Sethusamudram project but wanted that it should be realigned. Party sources, however, say the RSS wants the VHP to lead the Ram Setu campaign.

The VHP too has warned against politicisation of the issue.