Raising the issue during Zero Hour, Prabhunath Singh (RJD) asked the Centre to intervene saying VHP's plans ‘supported by BJP’ were not good for communal harmony in the country. He said political parties supporting the yatra should be derecognized.
    
This led to a heated exchange between members of BJP and RJD. SP members supported their RJD counterparts. Dara Singh Chauhan (BSP) said the yatra was a case of ‘shadow boxing’ between BJP and SP, which is ruling Uttar Pradesh.
    
Shailendra Kumar (SP) said ‘some groups and political parties’ were trying to divide the country on lines of religion.
    
"There should be a ban on using Lord Rama's name for political gains...the Government of India should ensure a ban on such things," he said, as BJP members protested. Jagdambika Pal (Cong) said it is not a religious yatra but a political one.

(Agencies)

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