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Ayodhya storm may lash Uttar Pradesh once again

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In this file photo devotees bathe in the Sarayu in Ayodhya. The Akhilesh Yadav government–VHP faceoff over the “Chaurasi Kos Yatra” (yatra of 84 miles) in and around Ayodhya is threatening to raise the spectre of confrontation witnessed during 1990.
In this file photo devotees bathe in the Sarayu in Ayodhya. The Akhilesh Yadav government–VHP faceoff over the “Chaurasi Kos Yatra” (yatra of 84 miles) in and around Ayodhya is threatening to raise the spectre of confrontation witnessed during 1990.

Prohibitory orders under Section 144 of Cr. PC have been imposed in Faizabad, Ambedkar Nagar, Basti, Bahraich, Gonda and Barabanki.

Even as the Akhilesh Yadav Government–Vishwa Hindu Parishad faceoff over the Chaurasi Kos Yatra (yatra of 84 miles) at and around Ayodhya threatened to raise the spectre of the confrontation witnessed in 1990 when Mulayam Singh was Chief Minister, the government is determined not to allow the VHP to undertake the yatra.

A day after a ban was imposed on the VHP-sponsored yatra, which was to pass through six districts from August 25 to September 13 to mobilise support for the Ram temple, PWD Minister Shivpal Singh Yadav reiterated, “A new tradition will not be allowed and communalism would not be tolerated.”

Meanwhile, prohibitory orders under Section 144 of Cr. PC have been imposed in the districts of Faizabad, Ambedkar Nagar, Basti, Bahraich, Gonda and Barabanki.

The senior Minister, who is also the uncle of Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav and younger brother of Samajwadi Party chief Mulayam Singh, slammed the VHP. “Peace and harmony has to prevail for the State to develop, but the VHP wants to obstruct development,” Mr. Yadav said on Tuesday.

While the PWD Minister was reiterating the government’s position in the State capital, VHP general secretary Swami Chinmayanand indicated at Ayodhya that the VHP would defy the ban. He told reporters that if the yatra was not allowed, “sadhus” and “sants” would ensure that the journey was undertaken.

Already, the SP president is under attack, mainly from his trusted aide and Urban Development Minister Mohammad Azam Khan, for meeting a VHP delegation led by Ashok Singhal in Lucknow on Saturday.

The Chief Minister was also present. It was at this meeting that the delegation sought permission for the yatra.

Reports said Mr. Singhal asked Mr. Mulayam Singh to mediate with Muslims in order to facilitate construction of the Ram temple at Ayodhya. It is learnt the SP chief later assured a delegation of the All-India Muslim Personal Law Board that the status quo ante would be maintained at Ayodhya.

Angered by Mr. Mulayam Singh’s meeting with Mr. Singhal, Mr. Khan, in an official statement on Monday, came down heavily on the SP president for playing host to the VHP leader, who was described by the Urban Development Minister as one of the persons responsible for the demolition of the Babri Masjid.

Mr. Khan said the meeting reopened old wounds as the Muslims were still coming to terms with the demolition. On reports that Mr. Singh was asked to mediate with Muslims, Mr. Khan made it clear in his statement that they would participate in the talks if the issue concerned reconstruction of the Babri Masjid.

Asked about Mr. Khan’s anger, the PWD Minister said on Tuesday: “Azam Bhai naraaz nahin hain, humlog baithkar baat kar lenge [Azam Bhai is not angry, we will sit and talk over the issue].” On Mr. Singhal’s meeting with Mr. Mulayam Singh, Mr. Shivpal Singh Yadav said in a democracy anybody could meet anyone.

Outlining the reasons for imposing the ban on the yatra, Principal Secretary (Home) R.M. Srivastava told reporters on Monday that nothing which created a law and order problem would be allowed.

Mr. Srinivas cited the May 9, 2011 Allahabad High Court order asking the State government to stop any activity in the disputed area and the Supreme Court’s directive on maintaining status quo.

He said the government had on August 10 received a letter from the VHP which said it planned to mobilise support for the temple at the disputed site. This was a violation of the courts’ directives, he added.

As the rain of Lok Sabha Election is about to come, the colorful FROGS
are out from there sitting hole.

from:  danish
Posted on: Aug 22, 2013 at 22:26 IST

Election time politics is slowly picking up.Polarising tactics will be in place till elections are over.

from:  Mothi
Posted on: Aug 21, 2013 at 20:31 IST

No Mandir..No our enlightened brothers commented below,
distribute this land to homeless people or construct any
manufacturing/business/restrooms, which will be helpful for the whole

from:  Vineeth
Posted on: Aug 21, 2013 at 18:08 IST

Why is that Akilesh Yadav and his father is not able to stop the devious activity of Indian Mujahideen and other terrorist groups like LeT, in Utterpradesh. Or are they ignoring activities of their alma mater at the cost of others.

from:  Martin Kurian
Posted on: Aug 21, 2013 at 15:32 IST

The nation paid heavily after the Babri Masjid structure was razed in Ayodhya.Heaven will not fall if a Ram Mandhir or a Masjid is not constructed in Ayodhya.In India there are enough Ram Temples and Masjids for the people for praying.
No body should be allowed to disturb the peace and rule of law is need of the hour in Ayodhya.So the UP govt must act impartially to maintain law & order in Ayodhya.

from:  V.Shanmuganathan
Posted on: Aug 21, 2013 at 14:23 IST

India dont want no more temple and masjid..... please gave that land for homeless indians.... and governmen should build houses and 'latrines' there
.. and teach pepole to go latrines instead of openair,.... latest n.s.s.o. survey shows half of indians did not use latrrins...
.. latrinns are good monument for indian secularisam.
.. ..

from:  Dr. Shihabudeen......
Posted on: Aug 21, 2013 at 13:28 IST

Religious tolerance should not be expected from only one community...democracy can be cherished only where everyone is heard and given the right to put one’s point.
freedom of expression and the right to carry on one’s religious procession is a basic right of every person which cannot be denied at any cost or profit .Even though it may be a political party, community or any society, unless or until it doesn’t hurts the integrity, sovereignty and the communal fabric of our country it has the very basic right to carry on its activity and agenda which it feels is right. Yes, of course it being the party’s social obligation to take into the account that it in any ways distorts the communal fabric to which our country is strewn since ages.
Denial of that freedom gives a feeling of repression, anger and is very disheartening to hear that, India, despite being a secular and democratic country gets a setback and fear of communal riot over such trivial issues.

from:  Sonali
Posted on: Aug 21, 2013 at 13:01 IST

A Temple for Ram is not a matter for controversy but something which
a whole section of the public desires-to create a house of worship for
a God and to house a diety.If it pleases a community to build it, the
state should not create a conflict.The location and size is something
which should be peacefully resolved and the cost should be reasonable,
not to waste or to hurt the sentiments of the entire country.Therefore
the proposal for a yatra signifies a sense of peoples frustration that
the state has interfered and that interference if it comes from the
courts should be again resolved in the light of peoples sentiments
having been hurt.

from:  Prof.Paul.V.John
Posted on: Aug 21, 2013 at 12:28 IST

The SP government has shown its true colours now. First it was the upright IAS officer who paid the price and was unjustly removed. Now the same administration has been successful in politicizing the issue. Could not they have allowed for a gathering or a rally under police administration. Outrightly banning the VHP or any organisation will only help them consolidate their vote bank (minorities, here Muslims).

from:  Rahul
Posted on: Aug 21, 2013 at 11:58 IST

Those who love the Nation and wish to maintain brotherhood, cultural identity, national integrity, social harmony, freedom and wisdom has to take cautioned stand while dealt with the groups who doesn't care such values & principles.
We are a Nation with its colorful characteristics and distinctiveness which glorifies the countries credibility in the global dais. At the same time the crowd of sangh parivar or their political masters who are playing in the ground never been considered or bothered about the credible face of the mother land even the slogan up holds so called national unity & culture.
In this situation those who mind & stand for a democratic society have the responsibility to strengthen the governing hand to tackle such grave momentum in a calm & cool manner. We call for the concerned leadership to take extreme caution while attending the mass & facing the media circles.
Let us build our nation as a role model to the entire worl

from:  Omar Abu Backer
Posted on: Aug 21, 2013 at 10:15 IST

Mr. Azam khan said "He is ready to talk if it is related to build
babri "masjid"(dhancha).. but won't allow anybody to talk on this
matter if it is about building Sri Ram mandir!!".. is it what you call
democracy and equal rules for everyone! he is blackmailing/threatening
and calling it communal when it comes to building temple and all goes
well and very peaceful if it is about masjid!.. kudos to Indian
democracy and its dalalas!.. this is just a yatra.. if you don't
oppose it or criticise it, everything will go well and quite!.. but if
u start making fuss about it u r calling yr'92 back!

from:  Himanshu
Posted on: Aug 21, 2013 at 10:13 IST

The BJP knows that stirring up the Hindutva card will polarize UP and out of this will result more votes.Many in India, who normally like to sit on the fence,start to form opinions when confronted with such poignant visuals like the VHP March. The reality is that the BJP believes that closet Hindus will now come out and vote with their vision. The elevation of Modi and appointment of Shah to handle UP was carefully planned.Unfortunately, the Bari Masjid issue will only create more problems for a fragile UP, where opinions are already polarized!

from:  gita
Posted on: Aug 21, 2013 at 04:06 IST
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