NEW DELHI: The Congress on Friday supported the Archaeological Survey of India’s (ASI) treasure hunt in an old fort in Uttar Pradesh’s Unnao district, and said the move benefits the country, no harm going for it.

“There is no harm if the country benefits from it,” Congress spokesperson Renuka Chowdhury told reporters.

She defended the ASI move to excavate for around 1,000 tonnes of gold, which a seer said he dreamt to have been buried near a temple at the old fort.

“The Geological Survey of India said there is some metal underneath the temple. What actually is there will be known only after digging,” said Chowdhary.

The old fort at Dondia Khera village belongs to Unnao’s mid-19th century ruler Raja Rao Ram Bux Singh. Unnao is 50 km from the state capital Lucknow.

Shobhan Sarkar, a famous seer of the region, wrote to the Prime Minister that the late king came in his dreams and asked him to get the treasure dug up and hand it over to the government of India to tide over the economic crisis.

Modi mocks at Centre’s gold hunt (PTI reports from Chennai)

Taking a dig at the Centre for its “gold hunt”, BJP’s prime ministerial candidate Narendra Moditoday urged the Government to bring back the black money allegedly stashed in Swiss banks.

“The government has started to dig for some 1,000 tonnes gold, after someone dreamt of it. You bring back the money that the looters have stashed in Swiss banks. That would be more than the value of 1,000 tonnes of gold,” Modi said while addressing BJP workers on his arrival here on a day’s visit to the city.

The Gujarat chief minister was apparently mocking at the excavation work being undertaken by Archaeological Survey of India in Unnao in Uttar Pradesh to hunt for a gold treasure on the basis of a dream by a seer who had predicted about 1,000 tonnes of gold in that area.

Modi said the deadly cyclone Phailin which hit parts of Odisha, Andhra PradeshWest Bengal andBihar did not destroy much as it was feared, but the country was witnessing a cyclone of change to ensure a “Congress-mukth Bharat”.

He said he has been witnessing a wave of change in the country, including in Tamil Nadu to change the government at the Centre.

Modi will be delivering a lecture at the Nani Phalkiwala Foundation and release a book authored by noted journalist and his party colleague Arun Shourie.

source: times of india