Lucknow, Aug 21 (): Security was beefed up with boundaries sealed in six adjoining districts in Uttar Pradesh, as the Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) has announced to go ahead with its plan on performing 84-km procession in Ayodhya that is passing through six districts from August 25 to September 13 to gather support for the construction of Ram temple.
Refusing to abandon its plan on the yatra, the VHP claimed that it will not retract from its agenda even if the UP government imposes a ban on the yatra. Former BJP MP RV Vedanti said that the procession will be held from August 25 as fixed earlier and noone can stop the yatra. The former BJP MP said that the yatra will be conducted successfully even if bullets and lathis are showered on them.
Saints and sadhus will be arriving from all over the country to join the yatra, said Vedanti adding that the UP government is trying to woo a section of the population by announcing a ban on the yatra. While talking to reporters, a senior police officer said that apart from deputing extra security forces in the region, routes leading to the disputed site will be blocked and under no circumstance the yatra will be allowed.
Ten companies of Rapid Action Force (RAF) and 12 companies of the Provincial Armed Constabulary (PAC) will likely be deployed in the area. Warning the UP government of unfavorable consequences, VHP president Ashok Singhal criticized party supremo Mulayam Singh Yadav for changing his colour just for the sake of minorities vote.
Singhal claimed that Yadav welcomed him open-hearted and also permitted to go-ahead with the procession when he met him on August 17 to seek his party’s support for the 20-day yatra.
By imposing a ban, the UP government has violated basic religious rights, said VHP’s international working President Pravin Togadia adding that the yatra was being organized in order to construct Ram temple at the disputed site.