"Let's see what the VHP is going to do. It is a democratic country. Permission should be given and precautions should be taken. They can give needed guidelines also. There are a lot of yatras going around in the country. How do you prevent one particular community from taking out yatra?" Venkaiah said.

He was responding to queries on the UP government denying permission to the VHP's 'Chaurasi Kosi Yatra' (pilgrimage) between August 25 and September 13.

Accusing Samajwadi Party supremo Mulayam Singh Yadav of buckling under pressure of his party colleague Azam Khan, the VHP had on Tuesday said it will go ahead with its proposed yatra from Ayodhya. "We were shocked when we came to know the government's decision. Muslims leaders in his party showed displeasure over the meeting and Yadav apparently succumbed under pressure," VHP president Ashok Singhal had said.


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