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Vajpayee tells VHP to respect ruling

June 29, 2002

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LUCKNOW, June 28: Indian Prime Minister Atal Behari Vajpayee on Friday urged Hindu leaders to abide by a court verdict that put on hold a controversial plan to build a temple near the site of the Babri mosque.

“This issue is going to be solved only by holding talks and abiding by the court’s order. Anyone who is opposed to this is not right at all,” he told reporters in Lucknow, his home constituency.

The VHP, which has links with Vajpayee’s right-wing BJP party, had set March 12 as a deadline for the federal government to clear obstacles for the construction of the temple.—AFP