Chennai, Mar 20: DMK leader MK Stalin has requested the Tamil Nadu government to check the progress of Ram Rajya Rath Yatra and stop it from entering the state. Earlier, on Monday, Stalin had flayed the government for giving permission to the yatra and said it posed a threat to the communal harmony of the state. He is reported to have alleged that the state government was acting on the behest of the Centre. Also Read - School Reopening News: This State Has Decided to Resume All Classes Simultaneously | Here's When And How

Four Independent MLAs also moved a petition, urging the government to deny permission to the VHP yatra from moving into the state from Kerala. Meanwhile, Section 144 has been imposed in Tirunelveli till Friday evening as the government expects protests from many pro-Tamil, minority and Left groups. Parties like MDMK and VCK have also offered support to a protest to block the yatra. The District Magistrate’s order mentioned how there was grave danger to harmony and tranquility and a strong possibility of communal clashes in the district. Also Read - BJP Workers Offer 70-kg 'Laddu' at Coimbatore Temple Ahead of PM Modi's 70th Birthday

Ram Rajya Rath Yatra started on February 13 from Karsevakpuram in Ayodhya, Uttar Pradesh, and would end at Rameswaram in Tamil Nadu on March 25, on the occasion of Ram Navami, having crossed six states in 41 days. The rath is designed after the proposed Ram temple in Ayodhya. Also Read - Sasikala's Probable Date of Release is Jan 27, 2021: Bangalore Central Prison