Opposing the 'Chaurasi Kosi Parikrama Yatra', Congress chose to target both the Samajwadi Party and BJP, claiming it was a purely political exercise and that both parties were ‘enacting a drama’ as there was an ‘understanding’ between them.
But ruling Samajwadi Party in Uttar Pradesh claimed it had saved the state from a confrontation. "If some people feel that they can disrupt the process of development by spreading communal disorder in the state, they won't be successful. We will not let Uttar Pradesh become another Gujarat. There is no place for communal tension in the state," Samajwadi spokesperson Rajendra Chaudhary.
Senior UP minister Azam Khan said that he was thankful to the people that they have not fallen in the VHP's trap. "We have saved UP from any sort of confrontation which might had placed the large number of peace loving people in hardship," Khan said in Rampur, adding ‘very few detentions have taken place, otherwise everywhere there is calm and people are unfazed by VHP's calls’.
He termed the yatra as an attempt to spoil the atmosphere of the state with an eye on the 2014 elections.
Condemning the arrest of Ashok Singhal and other religious leaders, BJP said the Uttar Pradesh Government should not have interfered with the yatra.


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