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‘UP govt shouldn’t interfere’

Goa Chief Minister and BJP leader Manohar Parrikar Sunday said the Uttar Pradesh Government should not interfere with the VHP’s yatra unless there was an issue of law and order

Written by Express News Service & PTI | Published: August 26, 2013 4:33:14 am

‘UP govt shouldn’t interfere’

Bangalore: Goa Chief Minister and BJP leader Manohar Parrikar Sunday said the Uttar Pradesh Government should not interfere with the VHP’s yatra unless there was an issue of law and order. “I don’t think there is any law and order issue and thereby going (taking out yatra) to Ayodhya doesn’t make any difference. At most you could have tightened the security in Ayodhya,” Parrikar told reporters. On RJD accusing VHP and BJP of match-fixing over the issue,Parrikar said: “They probably have the experience of match-fixing.” He evaded a direct answer to a question about BJP President Rajnath Singh’s comments on the construction of Ram Temple at Ayodhya,saying Singh was his leader and his words were final.

‘No politics in places of worship’

Patna: Opposing VHP’s yatra,JD(U) Sunday said,“There should be no politics in places of worship. Bihar JD(U) president Vashistha Narayan Singh termed the yatra as a “political event” and said,“The yatra’s protagonists should realise that their use of religious places for furthering political interests may set an example for other religious groups to do the same.

‘You cannot regulate yatra’

Hyderabad,Lucknow: BJP Sunday condemned the arrest of VHP chief Ashok Singhal and BJP leaders and said Samajwadi Party will face the wrath of people for its actions.“BJP strongly condemns the action. India is a free country. People have got every right to move around. You can regulate the yatra. How can you stop it? It is all being done keeping in mind only vote-bank politics,” senior BJP leader M Venkaiah Naidu said in Hyderabad. In Lucknow,party spokesperson Dr Manoj Mishra said that the state government has given political colour to the yatra by arresting BJP leaders and added that the it “had recalled the memories of Ram Janmabhoomi Andolan”. Singh said that SP government was trying to release the accused of terror cases and creating hindrances in the way of sants’ peaceful parikrama.

‘No cong hand in yatra ban’

Etah: Union Minister Salman Khurshid Sunday said that the decision to ban VHP’s parikrama yatra has been taken by the Uttar Pradesh government and Congress had nothing to do with it. “Congress has no hand in putting brakes on VHP’s parikrama programme and the Samajwadi Party government has imposed a ban on it”,Khurshid said here. “Though everyone has the right to follow the traditions of their respective religions and governments should respect them,we are opposed to religion being turned into politics and made its tool,” he said. Later in Farrukhabad,Khurshid said that organisers of the yatra should have gone to Supreme Court after the high court dismissed their appeal against the ban.

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