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Congress president Sonia Gandhi on Saturday said the BJP and the VHP were engaged in a 'friendly match' on the Ayodhya issue and asked Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee to tell the saffron forces to honour the court orders in the matter.
Addressing an election meeting in Varanasi, she accused the BJP of raising the temple and terrorism issues with only the state assembly elections in mind.
She pointed out that every time there was an election, the party raised the Ayodhya temple issue only to 'forget Ram after coming to power'.
Alleging that 'the BJP wanted to foment communal tension by talking of the temple', she asked the people not to be misguided by elements bent upon destroying the secular fabric of the country.
She claimed that the Congress was the only party, which could provide a clean and efficient administration and fight the communal forces in the country.
She accused the BJP-led government in UP of 'having failed on all fronts' and that development had taken a back seat in the state.
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