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VHP plans meetings against Acharyas' arrest

By Our Special Correspondent

CHENNAI, MARCH 18. The Vishwa Hindu Parishad and the RSS will conduct meetings in Tirunelveli, Kanyakumari and Tuticorin districts of Tamil Nadu to condemn the arrest of Kanchi Acharyas.

Talking to newspersons here today, the Janata Party president, Subramanian Swamy, said the meetings would be held in Kovilpatti (March 19) and Kalakkadu (March 21) in Tirunelveli district, in Nagercoil (March 20) in Kanyakumari district and in Udangudi (March 23) in Tuticorin district. He would participate in the meetings. Alleging that the arrest of the Kanchi Acharyas was an "international conspiracy" to denigrate the age-old Indian culture, Dr. Swamy said the Centre was also behind it. Sri Jayendra Saraswathi's arrest in the Congress-ruled Andhra Pradesh, freezing of the Kanchi Mutt's bank accounts and the silence of the Congress leaders over the arrest led to the suspicion.

He urged the Tamil Nadu Government to reconstitute the special investigation team.

Dr. Swamy said democracy was in danger under the United Progressive Alliance and the installation of Shibu Soren as the Chief Minister of Jharkhand (now reversed) and the dismissal of the Goa Government showed the UPA's "scant regard for democracy."

The Rashtriya Swabiman Manch would organise a meeting in Bangalore next month against the UPA's "undemocratic practices." The former Union Minister, George Fernandes, and the former Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister, Uma Bharti, would also participate.

Dr. Swamy also urged the United States to review its decision to deny a visa to the Gujarat Chief Minister, Narendra Modi. The decision was not only "gross misapplication of U.S. laws but also unacceptable for Indian honour and self-respect," he said. The Gujarat riots, Dr.Swamy said, took place three years ago and Mr.Modi was not held to be involved in any of the U.S. Department reports or indicted by any court of democratic and free India. The denial of visa would be potentially damaging to the long-term India-U.S. relations, he added.

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