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VHP sees sanskar in Pak invite

New Delhi, May 24: The VHP today let on that it was ready to go on a long honeymoon with Narendra Modi and not needle him on Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s visit or a time-bound commitment on building a Ram temple.

“Pakistan is our neighbour. When a happy occasion is celebrated, neighbours should be invited, that is what our sanskar (culture) says. Of course, it doesn’t mean that the neighbour can break into our house and pilfer our stuff,” VHP patriarch Ashok Singhal said at his first news conference since the BJP’s landslide victory.

On Modi’s decision to hold bilateral talks with Saarc heads invited to his swearing-in, Singhal said: “I haven’t heard of such talks. But they might be a mere formality.”

Singhal, however, suggested that India must not relent on Pakistan’s alleged sponsorship of terror activities along the LoC and within India.

On building a Ram temple, he said: “A strong government has come into being, a strong temple too will come up.”

Modi wife waits

Narendra Modi’s wife Jashodaben is still waiting for an invite to the swearing-in, her brother Ashok Modi said today. “Till this evening my sister has not received any communication though she would love to attend the ceremony,” he said, adding “even if she gets the invite tomorrow, I can fly her.”

Jashodaben would hold her first news conference on May 27, he said.