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JD(U) opposes VHP yatra, says no politics in places of worship

PTI  Patna, August 25, 2013
First Published: 19:17 IST(25/8/2013) | Last Updated: 19:19 IST(25/8/2013)

Opposing VHP's controversial yatra from Ayodhya, the ruling JD(U) in Bihar on Sunday said no politics should be played in places of worship.

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"There should be no politics in places of worship," state JD(U) president Vashistha Narayan Singh told reporters at a function where BJP leader Manoj Nishad joined the ruling party.

Describing the VHP yatra as a "political event", he said "The significance of 'Chaurasi Kosi Parikrama Yatra' in Ayodhya has been diluted in the manner the politics was being played on in the garb of religious freedom."

In any case, the country has been beset with various socio-economic crisis affecting the people at large which required solution, he said and expressed his displeasure with the VHP yatra that may add on to existing problems.

"The yatra's protagonists should realise that their use of religious places for furthering political interests may set an example for other religious groups to do the same," the JD(U) leader warned.

On the reported insensitive remarks of some JD(U) ministers on the killing of the Indian soldiers on LoC in Jammu and Kashmir earlier this month, Singh asked his ministers to refrain from making distasteful remarks otherwise the party would be compelled to discipline them.


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