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CPI(M) expresses concern over VHP's 'Ram Raj Rath Yatra'

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

The CPI(M) today expressed its concerns over the "Yatra" flagged off from and said it had the potential to trigger communal polarisation in the country.

The yatra was flagged off from the VHP's local in by party general secretary The 41-day yatra will reach Rameshwaram, in Tamil Nadu, after covering parts of Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, and

In a statement issued today, the CPI(M) politburo said the yatra flagged off in the presence of Faizabad BJP MP, Ayodhya's and other BJP leaders had already declared its "main agenda to construct Ram temple" on the disputed land in and re-establish 'Ram Rajya'.

"CPI(M) expresses its deep concern over the ' Yatra'. This yatra has an incendiary potential to sharpen communal polarisation in order to strengthen the communal Hindutva for the RSS-BJP. There are grave implications of possibilities for stoking communal tensions, violence and mayhem," the statement said.

claimed that the organisers of the yatra had also declared including teachings of the Ramayana in school curricula, and replace Sunday with Thursday as the weekly holiday to observe 'National Hindu Day'.

The statement also pointed out that the route of the yatra proceeds through the BJP-ruled states of and Maharashtra, spending nearly a fortnight in where Assembly elections are due, then proceeding via to reach Rameswaram in

The politburo of the CPI(M) urged both the central and state governments to strengthen the law and order apparatus to ensure that communal peace is not disturbed, and individual right to life and liberty is not violated.

The party called upon all secular and peace-loving forces to expose the "sinister designs of communal mobilisation by the RSS/BJP".

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First Published: Wed, February 14 2018. 18:00 IST