VHP president Ashok Singhal warned UP government of "adverse consequences" if it used force to enforce 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. "We were shocked when we came to know the government's decision. Muslims leaders in his party had showed displeasure over the meeting and Yadav apparently succumbed under pressure," Singhal said.

Azam Khan had expressed disapproval over the meeting and said it would send wrong signals to Muslim community.

The UP government had on Monday banned the '84-kosi padyatra' citing security reasons.

(JPN/Agencies)

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