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EC seeks reports on Modi's rally in Faizabad

Lucknow, May 5 (PTI): The Election Commission on Monday sought a report from the district authorities of Faizabad in Uttar Pradesh about a speech of Bharatiya Janata Party leader Narendra Modi in which he reportedly invoked Lord Ram.

“I have sought a report on Modi's speech and backdrop of the stage at the rally from District Magistrate, Faizabad,” Uttar Pradesh Chief Electoral Officer Umesh Sinha told PTI.

Modi addressed a rally in Faizabad in support of party candidate Lallu Singh from a stage that had images of Lord Ram and the proposed Ram Temple model in Ayodhya.

At the rally, the BJP’s prime ministerial candidate skirted any reference to his party's pet theme of building a Ram temple at the disputed site in Ayodhya, which is part of the district and epicentre of Ram Mandir movement, but made several references to Lord Ram to exhort people to defeat Congress, the Samajwadi Party and Bahujan Samaj Party, and support the BJP.

Modi had earlier courted trouble when he was booked for violating electoral laws after he delivered a politically charged speech and displayed his party's symbol 'lotus' soon after voting in Gandhinagar in Gujarat on April 30.

He was slated to address rallies in Ambedkarnagar, Faizabad, Jaunpur, Kaushambi and Amethi districts of Uttar Pradesh on the last day of campaigning for the seventh phase.


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