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In Ayodhya, Modi skirts temple issue
Sharat Pradhan in Faizabad | April 12, 2009 22:10 IST
Even as this traditional hotbed of politics was specially included in his itinerary during his second whirlwind tour of Uttar Pradesh [Images], Bhartiya Janata Party's star campaigner and Gujarat chief minister Narendra Modi [Images] on Sunday very cleverly skirted the Aloha temple issue.
While the saffron crowds that had converged in Faizabad from different corners of the state to listen to him, the man who has acquired the status of BJP's big-time 'Hindutva' torch-bearer chose to devote much of his 45-minute long speech on "development", in a place barely 8 km from the contentious Ramjanmbhoomi-Babri Masjid site.
Yet, Modi refrained from even touching upon the temple issue that had deeply influenced the political destiny of the country for over two decades now.
He said, "Wasn't Ram born here and wasn't he married to Sita?" he asked, while adding that, "By raising such questions, some people were trying to question the very existence of Ram."