"Who is he (Singhal)? Is he a thekedaar of Hindus? I am also a Hindu. Will he decide for me? What is this VHP? Is it some United Nations Organization? Who accepts the VHP as the leader of Hindus? Who is he to issue threats," party president Sharad Yadav said.

He dismissed suggestions that the Yatra, which is an attempt to garner support for the Ram Temple issue, could lead to polarization of votes in favour of the BJP saying, "kaath ki hanndi baar baar nahin chadhati (you cannot encash an issue again and again)".

He said the BJP could polarize some votes in past on the Ayodhya issue due the caste controversy over Mandal Commission reservation for OBCs.

Yadav also rejected the majority minority polarization talk, saying, "Who is majority and who is minority in this country. There are lakhs and lakhs of castes in all communities.”

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

"We were shocked when we came to know of the government's decision. The leader representing Muslims in his party had showed his displeasure over the meeting and Yadav apparently succumbed under pressure," Singhal had said.

(Agencies)

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