Even as the Uttar Pradesh government said it won’t relent and continue to enforce ban on the VHP’s chaurasi (84) kosi pad yatra, the outfit’s activists demonstrated at New Delhi’s Jantar Mantar and Parliament Street on Monday. Hundreds of Sangh outfit’s activists breached barricades at Jantar Mantar - a protest hub for campaigners for various causes - clashed with the police, which used water canons and baton charge to control the protesters. Shouting slogans against the UP and the Central government, the activists said the ban on the yatra amounted to interference in their religious affairs. They also burnt effigies of Samajwadi Party and Congress leaders. The protest erupted amid an uproar created by BJP and SP members in Parliament today, leading to adjournment of both Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha twice before noon. Immediately after swearing-in of new members in both Houses, MPs from BJP and SP were on their feet creating uproar over the yatra. In the Lok Sabha, SP members trooped into the Well on the issue, even as BJP members led by Yogi Aditya Nath protested from their seats.
(With PTI inputs)