17/03/2015 7:53 AM IST | Updated 15/07/2016 8:25 AM IST

'Yamuna Muktikaran Yatra': Activists Go Ahead With March For Yamuna Clean-Up

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Indian boatman make their way at Sangam, the confluence of the rivers Ganges, Yamuna and the mythical Saraswati in Allahabad on March 10, 2015. AFP PHOTO / SANJAY KANOJIA (Photo credit should read Sanjay Kanojia/AFP/Getty Images)

MATHURA — Spiritual leaders and activists who are taking part in the 'Yamuna Muktikaran Yatra' today rejected Union minister Uma Bharati's plea to them to suspend the march.

"We have been deceived by the previous government and now we will not repeat that mistake," said former Uttar Pradesh Minister Laxmi Narayan Chaudhary, who is participating in the yatra, which will go from Mathura to Delhi.

Earlier, Bharati, the minister for Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation, had shared with the activists the details of the Centre's plan for cleaning the Yamuna.

"Without cleaning the Yamuna, cleanliness of the Ganga cannot be ensured," the minister had told the spiritual leaders and activists.

The protesters today rejected outright the Centre's proposal and even chanted anti-government slogans as the yatra was moving forward from Hodal in Hariyana, Chaudhary said over the phone.

Ramesh Baba, a spiritual leader under whose leadership the yatra for Delhi had started, said that the activists would not come back from Delhi unless something worthwhile was promised as regards the clean-up of the Yamuna.