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Sep 20, 2012 at 11:47am IST

Uma Bharti to begin 39-day yatra to demand heritage status for Ganga

New Delhi: While the Opposition and the UPA Government allies have called for a Bharat Bandh on Thursday against the government reforms, BJP leader Uma Bharti will seen rallying in Kolkata for a complete different reason.

She will hold a yatra in Kolkata to demand a heritage status for river Ganga. The 39-day-long yatra will commence on September 21 from Ganga Sagar and end at Gangotri on October 28.

Meanwhile, the West Bengal government banned speeches and public meetings during Uma Bharti's proposed Ganga Samagra Yatra when it passes through the eastern state.

Heritage status for Ganga: Uma Bharti to begin yatra

The West Bengal government has banned speeches and public meetings when Bharti's yatra would reach the eastern state.

Protesting against the ban, the BJP leader wrote a letter to Trinamool Congress and West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee. "I had a strong belief that your party (Trinamool) will actively participate in this holy cause rising above all restrictions. Instead of that expected support, this yatra has been subjected to so many restrictions," she said in the letter.

(With additional information from PTI)