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`Goondaraj` SP, Congress playing politics of `communalism`: BJP

Last Updated: Monday, August 26, 2013 - 17:48

New Delhi: The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Monday hit out at the ruling Congress and the Samajwadi Party (SP) for imposing restrictions on the Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) from going ahead with its `Chaurasi Kosi Parikrama Yatra in Ayodhya.

Reacting to the accusation that his party had vandalized the Samajwadi Party`s office, BJP spokesperson Prakash Javadekar said the allegations were baseless.

"The restrictions put on the religious yatra are against democracy. Now, tell me how is it possible to attack the office of the `goondaraj` itself? This is a joint game played by the Congress and the SP to politicize the whole issue. It is an effort by them to lead the common man astray," Javadekar said.

"It is a joint effort by the Congress and the Samajwadi Party to not let Parliament to function, as well as impose restrictions on religious yatra`s in Uttar Pradesh. They are together going about their politician based on religion and communalism," he added.

Meanwhile, The Uttar Pradesh Government`s massive crackdown to prevent the Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) from going ahead with its `Chaurasi Kosi Parikrama Yatra in Ayodhya on Sunday, led to protests on the streets of Delhi on Monday.

About 2,000 VHP activists protested at Jantar Mantar and the police used water cannons when some of them tried to break barricades to go towards Parliament. In the Lok Sabha, BJP member Yogi Adityanath accused the UP government of insulting Hindus by not allowing the VHP to go ahead with its planned yatra.

Senior VHP leaders Pravin Togadia and Ashok Singhal were among the nearly 1,700 people arrested in a massive crackdown by the Uttar Paradesh administration to foil the saffron outfit`s yatra on Sunday that was banned over fears of a communal flare-up.

The planned `Chaurasi Kosi Parikrama Yatra` was to have lasted till 13th September criss-crossing six districts of Uttar Pradesh.

The Lucknow bench of the Allahabad High Court had earlier on Saturday dismissed a plea for allowing the `Chaurasi Kosi Parikrama Yatra`, stating that there is a possibility of tension, and added that the restriction will be maintained.

The VHP has vowed to kick off its `Chaurasi Kosi Parikrama` around Ayodhya to revive its demand for a Ram temple.

The Samajwadi Party Government has banned the proposed Yatra, as a preemptive measure against communal flare-up, and put in place elaborate security arrangements by rushing in 10 companies of the Rapid Action Force and 12 companies of the Provincial Armed Constabulary (PAC).


First Published: Monday, August 26, 2013 - 17:48

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