Defiant VHP To Go Ahead With Its Ayodhya Yatra

New Delhi
Defiant VHP To Go Ahead With Its Ayodhya Yatra

Accusing Samajwadi Party supremo Mulayam Singh Yadav of buckling under pressure of his party colleague Azam Khan in banning its proposed yatra, the VHP today said it will go ahead with its plan.

VHP president Ashok Singhal warned UP government of "adverse consequences" if it used force to enforce the ban.

Singhal said Yadav was receptive to them when he met him on August 17 to seek his party's support for the 20-day yatra.

"We were shocked when we came to know of the government's decision. The leader representing Muslims in his party had showed his displeasure over the meeting and Yadav apparently succumbed under pressure," Singhal said in an apparent reference to Khan, who is a minister in UP government.

Khan had expressed disapproval over the meeting and said it would send wrong signals to Muslim community.

The UP government yesterday banned the '84-kosi padyatra' citing security reasons.

It had suspected political reasons behind the VHP's decision as elections are due early next year.

Singhal claimed that there was no politics behind it, as their agitation for Ram temple in Ayodhya had been continuing for over six decades.

He said saints across the country have been informed of the yatra, which seeks to pass through six eastern UP districts in an attempt to garner support for the temple, and it could not be cancelled.

Addressing a press conference in Faizabad, VHP leader and former Union minister Swami Chinmayananda said, "The state government is being run and controlled by Azam Khan, under whose pressure the government is bound to take decisions against the Hindu sentiments."

"The ban imposed on us is only due to Azam Khan who has build pressure on the state government to ban the Parikrama," he added.

Cinmayanand said the VHP is determined to conduct the proposed '84-kosi Parikrama.

"Our activists and Sadhus are reaching in thousands of numbers from across the country to Ayodhya. We are ready for confrontation with the state government. We in thousands of numbers will perform the Parikrama and the ban order doesn't matter to us," he said.

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