Perturbed over postponement of the Kailash Mansarovar Yatra, BJP on Tuesday demanded that India should take up the matter with China at the highest level so that the annual pilgrimage can start on schedule.
"We appeal to the government to take up the matter at the highest level with China so that the first and second phase of the yatra is revived," party spokesperson Ravi Shankar Prasad told reporters in Delhi.
His comments came after the government announced that the pilgrimage this year has been deferred by nearly two weeks after China expressed its inability to receive pilgrims from India before June 21 due to "domestic reasons".
Prasad said the postponement of the pilgrimage is a matter of concern as the trip of Kailash Mansarovar is a question of faith and linked to the country's civilisational heritage.
"The exact reasons for the postponement has also not been divulged. The country needs to know the reasons and whether it is justified enough. If the reason is so compelling, then the nation should be told," he said.
With the cancellation of the first two batches scheduled to leave early next month, the pilgrimage will now commence from the third batch which will leave Delhi on June 13.
Sixteen batches, each consisting of a maximum of 60 pilgrims, were scheduled to undertake this year's pilgrimage from June one. The duration of the pilgrimage is 26 days and the last batch is expected to return on September 24.