Narendra Modi to stay away from VHP's Ram temple meet

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Ahmedabad, March 30: Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi will not attend the Vishwa Hindu Parishad's (VHP) "Hindu Sangam", which will be organised at Kankaria football ground here on March 31. The VHP is organising the event to restart its campaign to achieve the long-standing demand of setting up the Ram temple in Ayodhya as part of the preparation for the 2014 Lok Sabha polls.

The event will also be attended by RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat, acting president of the state VHP unit Kaushik Mehta said. He said it had invited all political leaders to take part in the programme but when asked if Modi too was invited, Mehta said that it was for the invitees to decide whether they would respond or not. He said all those who come to the event will be welcomed.

More than 50,000 VHP workers from across the state are set to participate in the event. Top VHP leaders like Pravin Togadia, Ashok Singhal, Raghav Reddy, Ashok Chowgule and S Vendantum will also be present.

The VHP, which will celebrate its golden jubiless this August, wants to kicksatrt the celebration with Sinday's Sangam. It is learnt that the VHP will adopt a resolution to put pressure on the central government to pass a law similar to the one for the Somnath temple to construct the temple at Ramjanmabhoomi. VHP leaders since the courts have also accepted the fact, the Centre should permit construction of the temple.

A senior VHP leader said the outfit will pass several resolutions to strengthen the organisation and unite Hindus across the globe. The outfit is also looking forward to prepare the workers for the next big poll. Togadia will also hold a series of programmes next year, said the leader.

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