11.10 am: Digvijaya Singh hints at match-fixing between the BJP and SP govt.
am: VHP leader Pravin Togadia was on Sunday arrested after he defied prohibitory orders in the town as the saffron outfit symbolically inaugurated its controversial yatra banned by the Uttar Pradesh government.
am: VHP leader Ashok Singhal arrives at Lucknow airport, likely to be sent back.
am: VHP leader Praveen Togadia taken into preventive custody from Sadguru Temple in Ayodhya.
8.10 am: Former BJP MP Ram Vilas Vedanti and sitting MLA Ram Chandra Yadav were arrested on Sunday morning, even as a defiant VHP plans to go ahead with its proposed yatra in this temple town. Vedanti was arrested around 7 am this morning when he had left his house here for the parikrama, police said. MLA Ram Chandra Yadav was also arrested from here, they said.
Vedanti was among the leaders, including Ashok Singhal and Pravin Togadia against whom the warrants were issued on Saturday.
8.11 am: Despite UP govt's ban, VHP all set to take out 84-Kosi yatra.
-UP home secretary says VHP leader Ashok Singhal will be arrested if he heads towars Ayodhya.
-Sec 144 imposed in 6 districs through which yatra wil pass.
8.00 am: Ahead of 84-Kosi yatra in Ayodhya, VHP leader Praveen Togadia says:
-I promise to nation that our yatra will be peaceful.
- We have a right to raise our religious demands.
-VHP's yatra has nothing to do with politics.
7.55 am: VHP leader Ashok Singhal says:
- I am ready to be arrested, ready to head for Ayodhya.
- Nothing can stop VHP carrying Parikrama yatra.
SP readies for march of sadhus, 350 VHP leaders arrested ahead of 84-Kosi yatra in Ayodhya
Over 350 VHP members have been arrested from different parts of Uttar Pradesh on Saturday in a massive police crackdown, as the Akhilesh Yadav government braced for any eventuality that may arise in the event of the Hindu outfit taking out 84-Kosi Parikrama yatra from Ayodhya.
The VHP activists were picked up from places such as Kanpur, Maharajganj, Fatehpur and Mughalsarai. Of the total arrests, 75 were reported from Faizabad and 88 were held in Ayodhya.
While VHP leader Swami Chinmayanand was put under house arrest in his ashram in Shahjahanpur, state intelligence officials were sent to Delhi to keep a watch on the movement of VHP chief Ashok Singhal.
Taking no chances, the state administration has divided Faizabad district into 17 sectors and 43 sub- sectors.
Activists assembled in 18 mutts across Ayodhya have been put under house arrest.
Faizabad District Magistrate Vipin Kumar Dwivedi said the faithful coming to take holy dip in Saryu river will not be stopped. " I am sure that there will be no violence.
In Ayodhya, Uttar Pradesh Police chief Deoraj Nagar inspected security arrangements, besides checking out CCTVs installed at more than 40 places in and around the temple town. " We are prepared to detain those people who violate the prohibitory order under Section 144 of the CrPC," he said.
Parikrama planned at Kumbh
The VHP had taken a decision to take out 84-Kosi Parikrama just before the 2014 Lok Sabha elections during Maha Kumbh in Allahabad in February this year.
RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat, BJP president Rajnath Singh and VHP chief Ashok Singhal attended the Dharma Sansad which was held on February 7. The VHP had passed a resolution to conduct parikrama to " re- establish Hindu identity."
VHP spokesperson Sharad Sharma said: " The Congress government in 1992 had given an affidavit in the SC that Ram temple can be constructed if any evidence of a temple was found during excavation. The Allahabad High Court has confirmed that several agencies have found the remains of a temple in the womb of the earth." It was decided that the parikrama would be held from August 25 to September 13 and then religious rituals would be started for construction of Ram temple from September 14, the day when the Centre had submitted the affidavit in the SC.
Later, when asked, the Mahant alleged he had been brought there forcibly. " I don't want to create any controversy and dislike politics over Ram Janmabhoomi. We welcome whosoever is genuinely interested in building the temple.
Das claimed that VHP chief Ashok Singhal had held a meeting with him in Karsewakpuram in Ayodhya on July 19 and asked to help him in the programme. " But I refused because it was against Hindu religion to organise such a programme in monsoon season," he said.
Reacting sharply to the SP hobnobbing with sadhu s, VHP spokesperson Sharad Sharma said, "
On the other hand, Mitrasen Yadav, SP MLA from Bikapur in Faizabad, and Abhay Singh, SP MLA from Gosaiganj in the district, were seen visiting mutts and meeting sadhu s throughout the day.