Committed to maintain religious harmony: VHP

April 8, 2023 by MT Bureau

The Vishva Hindu Parishad (VHP) on Friday reiterated its commitment to maintaining religious harmony in the state at all times.

This came a day after the Khasi Students’ Union asked the district administration of East Khasi Hills to take appropriate action against the VHP for alleged provocative acts by organizing a rally that has disturbed religious harmony in the society.

In a statement, the VHP said the organization celebrated Ram Janam Utsav in Shillong from March 30 and 31, April 1 and was followed by Shobha Yatra (procession) on April 2.

“The fact is that VHP carries out this procession every year and the Hindu devotees have participated enthusiastically. The programme was conducted in an orderly manner with full support from district administration, superintendent of police and traffic personnel who escorted the yatra for peaceful completion before the scheduled time,” it said.

“VHP respects the sentiments of all religions and has high respect for the indigenous people of our state. A customary slogan like “Jai Shree Ram” was made by the devotees. It is clarified that apart from “Jai Shree Ram” which is meant to hail Lord Rama, no provocative slogan was used during shobha yatra,” the VHP said while assuring that the organization is committed to maintaining religious harmony in the state at all times.

The VHP also referred to a report alleging that the Hanuman Jayanti rally scheduled for April 7, was called off by VHP as factually incorrect. The rally was not organised by VHP, it said.