After opposing Mulayam’s meet with ‘sadhus’, Azam Khan heads to Haridwar

Last Updated: Thursday, August 22, 2013 - 13:30

Zee Media Bureau

New Delhi: Days after Azam Khan criticised Samajwadi Party chief Mulayam Singh Yadav for meeting Vishva Hindu Parishad (VHP) president Ashok Singhal, the Uttar Pradesh Urban Development Minister has met Dakshin Kali Temple’s ‘seer’ in Haridwar.

Khan met Dakshin Kali Temple’s seer Mahamandaleshwar Swami Kailashanand Brahamchari at a time when the state government has vehemently opposed the VHP’ s proposed Chaurasai Kosi Parikrama around Ayodhya to revive its demand for a Ram temple.

After meeting Brahamchari ji, Azam Khan termed the ‘84-kosi parikrama’ as politically motivated and justified Akhilesh Yadav’s decision to ban the proposed yatra.

The UP minister said that intelligence report have suggested that the proposed yatra can create law and order problem in the state. He further alleged that there is an attempt to create a Gujarat-like atmosphere in Uttar Pradesh.

Earlier, Khan had himself said the meeting between Singhal and Mulayam Singh would send a wrong message to the minority community.

Azam had said that he was hopeful that SP and its leader would not compromise with the image due to which he (Mulayam) and his colleagues reached to this place after long struggle.

The Urban Development Minister’s statement came after a delegation of Hindu saints led by VHP international president Ashok Singhal met Samajwadi Party chief Mulayam Singh Yadav on Saturday and asked him to convince Muslim leaders, clerics and ulemas to pave the way for the construction of Ram Temple at the disputed site in Ayodhya. UP Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav was also present at the meeting which lasted for over 90 minutes at the CM’s official residence.

After the meeting, the seers had claimed that Mulayam had accepted their request. The saints also said that they had asked Akhilesh to provide adequate support and security for the “84 kosi parikrama” (a religious march) in Ayodhya and adjoining districts beginning August 25.

Meanwhile, VHP national secretary Prakash Sharma today said that the leaders associated with the organisation will arrive for the Yatra at the given time and will go forward with it.

The Uttar Pradesh government has heightened security and sealed the borders of six districts after the VHP refused to shelve its procession.

First Published: Thursday, August 22, 2013 - 13:28

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