Army should be brought in Ayodhya, if required: Akhilesh

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AYODHYA: Ahead of the Dharam Sabha being held in Ayodhya Sunday to push for the construction of a Ram temple, Samajwadi Party chief Akhilesh Yadav has said if required the Army should be deployed in the town.
Thousands of people have started gathering in the town ahead of the Vishva Hindu Parishad event.
Shiv Sena leader Uddhav Thackeray has also arrived here Saturday for a separate programme. Talking to reporters Friday, Yadav had said, “The Supreme Court should take notice of the situation in Uttar Pradesh. It should seriously consider the matter and bring in the Army, if required… as the BJP and its allies can go to any extent,” Yadav told reporters.
Uttar Pradesh Deputy Chief Minister Keshav Prasad Maurya dismissed Yadav’s claims, saying his remarks simply showed his frustration as it was a Dharam Sabha and the Army was not needed for it. When asked that a significant section of the Muslim community was feeling apprehensive about the event, he tried to allay the fears.
“No one needs to fear (anything) as there is peace in Uttar Pradesh. The government has made elaborate security arrangements to ensure that no untoward incident takes place,” he told PTI.