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Salwa Judum call

Ranchi, Jan. 13: Former Union minister of state for home Swami Chinmayanand today advocated a “Salwa Judum (people’s war against rebels)” in Jharkhand to keep its youths away from treading the path of violence.

“It is responsibility of the state machinery to make efforts to dissociate youths from violence and engage them in constructive work. For this, a programme like Salwa Judum should be started in Jharkhand, on the lines of the anti-Naxalite movement in Chhattisgarh,” he said.

“The Union government should also pay proper attention on Jharkhand in the same manner as it addresses north-eastern states and Kashmir by providing special packages for development works,” he told mediapersons here.

Vouching for Salwa Judum, the former minister also talked about allegations of terrorism levelled against Hindu saints across India, and termed it an effort by the Congress to malign the image of the majority community.

Chinmayanand also addressed the dispute over the Ayodhya Ram temple. “The high court verdict has proved that the disputed site is the birthplace of Ram. After this verdict, it is moral responsibility of the UPA government to pave way for construction of the temple and withdraw cases against those facing a trial for demolishing a structure termed as Babri Mosque in Ayodhya,” he said.

Chinmayanand is on a five-day visit of the state to make people aware of the progress in the construction of the Ram temple.

Thus when asked about the progress in this direction, he said,  Vishwa Hindu Parishad is ready for construction work with Rs 22.5 crore and adequate number of bricks which it had collected by organizing Sheela Pujan at 6000 places throughout the country more than 20 years ago, he said.

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