While speaking to reporters in the Mahmoorganj area, he mentioned, “Due to the ongoing G20 events in the country and the sensitive nature of the Jalabhishek Yatra, we will carry it out symbolically. Instead of involving thousands of people, we will proceed with limited numbers. The Yatra will follow its scheduled route and commence from Narhar at 11am. Alongside Hindu Saints, members of the VHP will also participate.”
Regarding the denial of permission for the Yatra by the Haryana government, he stated, “We are not challenging the government. However, it should focus on preventing those who attacked the Yatra, rather than obstructing the Jalabhishek Yatra. Despite the ban imposed by the district administration, the Jalabhishek Yatra will take place, and I will also attend.”
The VHP chief referred to the attack on its Yatra in Nuh on July 31, which resulted in the loss of six lives, as a significant intelligence failure. Kumar mentioned that a group of Muslims had planned the attack on the Yatra.
He added that in previous years, a substantial police force was deployed to accompany the processions, but this year, only a few cops were assigned.
“We do not intend to initiate any attacks, but we will respond if we are attacked. It is the government’s responsibility to safeguard our constitutional right to practice our religious beliefs,” he said, expressing satisfaction with the action taken by the Haryana government against the assailants.
Regarding the ongoing developments in the Gyanvapi mosque dispute, he expressed that Hindus have complete faith in the judiciary, and justice will be served in both the Kashi Vishwanath and Shrikrishna Janambhumi Mathura matters, similar to what happened in the Ram Janambhumi Ayodhya case.
He also highlighted other concerns and demands of the VHP, including temple security and cow protection.
VHP’s regional organizing secretary (east UP), Gajendra, and regional secretary Krishna Gopal were also present during the occasion.