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Katiyar set on yatra

New Delhi, May 6: Without any backing from the BJP central leadership, Uttar Pradesh unit chief Vinay Katiyar is ready to launch his “Sanskriti Yatra” in a bid to revive the “pre-1991” atmosphere of the Ram temple movement.

The yatra, Katiyar said, will start on May 24 from Gadmukhteshwar in western Uttar Pradesh and end a month later, “probably in Varanasi”.

BJP sources said Katiyar's endeavour was a “purely individual effort” without the approval of central or state party leaders.

Katiyar refused to say what issues he would raise during the yatra. “The issues would relate to cultural nationalism, so you can draw your own inference,” he said.

According to sources, the yatra could culminate at Vindhyavasini temple in Mirzapur instead of Varanasi if the Prime Minister and his deputy felt Katiyar should go easy on the Sangh’s Hindutva agenda. Varanasi is on the Vishwa Hindu Parishad’s target list after Ayodhya and Mathura.

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