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Jul 06, 2013 at 01:35pm IST

BJP will build a grand Ram temple in Ayodhya very soon, says Amit Shah

New Delhi: The Uttar Pradesh in charge and Bharatiya Janata Party's general secretary Amit Shah said that the BJP will soon build a grand Ram temple in Ayodhya.

Shah, who is in Ayodhya to attend a party meeting, said, "Before the meet, I came to seek Lord Ram's blessings. I've prayed for the country to be free of Congress. We will build the Ram temple and restore Lord Ram to his rightful place."

This comment assumes importance as Shah is not only raising the Ayodhya temple issue, but also clearly reiterating the party's promise to build a temple at the disputed and demolished Babri Masjid site.

Though BJP has described Faizabad meeting as a 'routine thing', sources said that the idea is to invoke the Hindutva ideology within the party ranks ahead of the Lok Sabha polls.

The move to raise the Ayodhya issue also holds importance as there are speculations that Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi will contest 2014 elections from Uttar Pradesh. This is seen as a move to revive BJP's fortunes in Uttar Pradesh, which has 80 Lok Sabha seats.

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