Narendra Modi to not visit Ayodhya

In an apparent move to avoid stoking a fresh row as BJP comes to terms with a bitter separation from JD(U), Gujarat CM Narendra Modi has declined an invitation to visit Ayodhya, his office said on Tuesday.

The chief minister’s office, in a press statement, clarified that Modi ‘politely declined’ invitation to attend the ‘Amrit Mahotsava’ being celebrated on the 75th birthday of president of Ram Janma Bhumi Nyas Trust Mahant Nritya Gopal Das.

‘On 13 June Nritya Gopal Das had made a phone call to chief minister and invited him to attend his Amrit Mahotsav being organised during 19 to 22 June. But, he had politely informed him that because of his pre-decided engagements it would be difficult for him to remain present,’ the statement said.  Modi, while expressing his inability to attend the function, thanked the Mahant for the invitation and wish for the success of the function, it said.

VHP’s Uttar Pradesh spokesman Sharad Sharma had on Monday said that Modi was expected to visit Ayodhya on Wednesday or Friday and frontline leaders of the Hindutva brigade like Ashok Singhal, Praveen Togadia, Gorakhpur MP Yogi Aditya Nath and Yoga Guru Ramdev would also reach the temple town to welcome him.
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