VHP Ayodhya Yatra ban: 'We won't let Uttar Pradesh to become Gujarat', says SP

Lucknow, Aug. 22 (ANI): The Samajwadi Party (SP) on Thursday justified the Uttar Pradesh Government's decision to ban a proposed yatra by the Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) to be taken out with an aim to garner support for the construction of the Ram Temple at a disputed site in Ayodhya.

It said the state government will not allow event to take place that might raise communal tensions in Uttar Pradesh.

SP spokesperson Rajendra Choudhary asserted that the 2002 Gujarat communal violence cannot be repeated in Uttar Pradesh and added that stern action will be taken against all those who conspire against raising communal tensions in the state.

"We won't let Uttar Pradesh to become Gujarat because there his brotherhood and communal harmony here and this will ensure that Gujarat is not repeated in Uttar Pradesh. SP won't allow anything which will raise communal tensions in the state. Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav has made this clear that anything that is against the law will not be tolerated. We will take strict actions all who conspires against raising communal tensions," he said.

"Be it RSS, VHP or even BJP, if they use sadhus and sants for political purposes, the people of Uttar Pradesh are well aware of their motives and conspiracies. Sadhu and sants should be peace loving and not take law in their hands. Why didn't they take out a yatra during BJP rule? We believe in Secularism," he added.

Choudhary further said that Babri Masjid would not have been demolished if the Samajwadi Party was in power at that time and added that communalism cannot grow in their rule.

"When Mulayam Singh was CM here they tried to demolish the Babri Masjid. But when he was not the CM, Babri Masjid was demolished. Had we been in power at that time, no one would have dared to demolish Babri Masjid," he said.

"We want communal harmony and we want development but there are some people who consider communalism as politics, they are least bothered about development. Communalism cannot grow in Samajwadi Party's rule," he added.

The UP government on August 20 banned the Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) from holding a religious procession to Ayodhya, as a preemptive measure against communal flare-up.

According to reports, devotees from several parts of the country were expected to arrive in large numbers at Ayodhya, from August 25 to September 13, as part of VHP's proposed yatra of seers and saints, called the '84 Kosi Parikrama'.

The VHP plans to start from Ayodhya and travel through six districts - Basti, Faizabad, Ambedkarnagar, Barabanki, Bahraich and Gonda, before returning to Ayodhya on September 13.

The UP Government has said the administration of all six districts have advised against allowing the yatra. (ANI)

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