"There is nothing new in it. There is no surprise. Because that is their agenda---communalize, polarize and try to win an election. That is BJP's formula, the BJP's strategy from the beginning. What is so new about it," Congress general secretary Digvijay Singh said.

Digvijay Singh said it was "obvious from the day Amit Shah (Narendra Modi's close aide) was made the BJP general secretary in-charge of Uttar Pradesh" by party president Rajnath Singh.

Accusing Samajwadi Party supremo Mulayam Singh Yadav of buckling under pressure of his party colleague Azam Khan in banning its proposed '84-kosi padyatra' on Tuesday, the VHP said it will go ahead with the plan.

VHP president Ashok Singhal also warned UP government of "adverse consequences" if it used force to implement the ban.

Singhal said Yadav was receptive to them when he met him on August 17 to seek his party's support for the 20-day yatra.

Singhal claimed that there was no politics behind it, as their agitation for Ram temple in Ayodhya has been continuing for over six decades. He said saints across the country have been informed of the yatra, which seeks to pass through six eastern UP districts in an attempt to garner support for the temple, and it could not be cancelled.

(Agencies)

Latest News from India News Desk