Principal Secretary, Home, RM Srivastava said that VHP leader Ashok Singhal had sent a letter giving details of the 'Chaurasi Kosi yatra' (pilgrimage) between August 25 and September 13 which said "that the yatra is being organized with the demand of the construction of Lord Ram temple at the disputed site in Ayodhya."

The permission for the yatra was refused as the Supreme Court had ordered status quo at the disputed site, he said.

"After the (Ayodhya) judgement was passed by the special bench of the Allahabad High Court, one party moved to the SC which directed to maintain status quo," he said.

The yatra was scheduled to start from Ayodhya and cover the districts of Faizabad, Barabanki, Gonda, Ambedkarnagar, Basti and Bahraich before concluding in Ayodhya.

"Keeping in view the situation, the government has decided not to give permission for the proposed yatra," he said.

(JPN/Agencies)

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