Kumbh Nagar, Uttar Pradesh, Hindusthan -- 18 Jan 2001, 23:28 IST
The All India Akhada Parishad, an apex body of 13 sadhu(saint) sects, and Bharat Sadhu Samaj (BSS, Indian Sadhus' Forum) accused the VHP of politicising a religious issue. BSS General Secretary Swami Hari Narayanand said the VHP was misusing the issue in view of upcoming state elections in some Indian states and trying to turn it into an electoral plank for Hindu political parties.
"The sadhu(saint) community will not take part ... and will not be bound by the decisions taken there," he said.
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