Zee Media Bureau
Lucknow: As tension brews in Uttar Pradesh over Vishwa Hindu Parishad’s proposed ‘Chaurasai Kosi Parikrama’, former chief minister Kalyan Singh on Thursday slammed the Samajwadi Party for banning the ‘yatra’.
Kalyan Singh termed the “84 kosi parikrama” as religious and not political. He also criticised the Samajwadi Party for not giving permission to VHP for the yatra saying that the ruling state government is trying to politicise the issue.
The ex-CM’s son had joined the SP government ahead of 2009 Lok Sabha elections and Kalyan Singh had himself extensively campaigned for Mulayam’s party.
However, Kalyan, once called a Hindutva mascot, returned to the saffron fold early this year and announced the merger of his Rashtriya Kranti Party (RKP) with the BJP.
VHP’s ‘Chaurasai Kosi Parikrama’ has once again brought the Ram Janmabhoomi issue in focus in the communally sensitive state.
While VHP vowed to kick off its Chaurasai Kosi Parikrama around Ayodhya to revive its demand for a Ram temple, the Samajwadi Party government responded by banning the proposed yatra.