Yatra a fundamental right of every citizen: Sushma Swaraj

BJP national president Rajnath Singh had termed the ban on VHP`s yatra from Ayodhya as "unjust”.

Zee Media Bureau

New Delhi: While Uttar Pradesh government remains adamant on its decision to ban Vishva Hindu Parishad’s proposed ‘Chaurasai Kosi Parikrama’, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Sushma Swaraj on Saturday said that ‘yatra’ is a fundamental right of every citizen.

While Uttar Pradesh remains on edge with high security put in place by the administration to prevent VHP’s 84-Kosi yatra, the Leader of Opposition in Lok Sabha said that tension has arisen because of various statements by people and not due to the yatra.

Earlier, BJP national president Rajnath Singh had termed the ban on VHP`s yatra from Ayodhya as "unjust”.

Meanwhile, ahead of VHP`s yatra from Ayodhya on Sunday, the Faizabad administration today cracked down on the saffron organisation arresting 50 of its activists and issuing arrest warrants against 300 members of the outfit.

Amid heavy deployment of police force in the twin towns, a team led by the Faizabad DM and SSP also carried out searches at VHP`s local headquarter Karsewak Puram, Mani Ram Chawni, the temple of VHP leader and president of Ram Janam Bhumi Trust, Mahant Nritya Gopal Das and about half a dozen suspected hideouts of VHP`s activists in and around Ayodhya.

The yatra has been banned by the Uttar Pradesh government over possible communal flareup.

The district administration, which had earlier issued arrest orders against 70 prominent VHP leaders, has now issued warrants against 300 more leaders.

The VHP has proposed to take out Chaurasi Kosi parikrama yatra between August 25 to September 13 to push for Ram temple at the disputed site. Samajwadi Party government has denied permission for the yatra.

The yatra will travel through six districts, including Faizabad, Basti, Barabanki, Gonda, Bahraich and Ambedkar Nagar.