BJP spokesman Bizay Sonkar Shastri said the Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) activists and religious leaders wanted to carry out the "84 kosi parikrama yatra" and it was their fundamental right to do so.

"The Samajwadi Party government ... wants to give out a message that it is a messiah of Muslims," Shastri said.

He said the decision to ban the yatra and arrest VHP leaders had created needless tension in Uttar Pradesh.

The VHP leadership was on Sunday arrested in the temple town of Ayodhya in Uttar Pradesh as they tried to proceed for "Saryu Pujan", ahead of the "84 kosi parikrama yatra".

The government had earlier banned the yatra, set to begin from the banks of Saryu river. The VHP had said the yatra would pass through Barabanki, Faizabad, Ambedkar Nagar, Gonda, Basti and Bahraich districts.

(Agencies)

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