Despite Tamil Nadu govt's disapproval, BJP's 'Vetri Val Yatra' begins in Chennai

South India

The Tamil Nadu state government under Edappadi K Palaniswami had refused to give permission for BJP's Vetri Val Yatra citing the COVID-19 outbreak as well as restrictions of large gatherings as a precaution against the pandemic.


The state unit of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in Chennai decided to go ahead with the month-long 'Vetri Val Yatra' on Friday after the Tamil Nadu government denied them the permission.

Earlier, Tamil Nadu government had denied them the permission to hold the religious yatra in view of COVID-19.

Tamil Nadu BJP President L Murugan while starting the yatra said that Lord Murugan has given him the permission to proceed while adding that praying is his constitutional right.

He said that Lord Murugan has given them permission to hold the yatra.

"Lord Murugan has given us permission. I want to pray to the Lord and it is my constitutional right. That is why I am proceeding to Thirutthani as we begin our 'Vetri Val Yatra'," Murugan said.

Meanwhile, BJP leader H Raja said that if the schools can be allowed to reopen in the state, the 'Vetri Val Yatra' can also be conducted.

The Tamil Nadu government on Thursday informed the Madras high court that it has decided to deny permission for BJP's proposed ' Vetri Vel Yatra' in view of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The 'Vetri Val Yatra' is a month-long religious trip to the six abodes of Lord Murugan beginning from the Thirutthani temple in the north of Tamil Nadu and culminating at Tiruchendur temple, in the southern part of the state.


With inputs from ANI

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