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HT Correspondents, Hindustan Times
Amb, Una, October 29, 2012
Senior BJP leader LK Advani revived the Ram temple issue at a poll meeting here, drawing cheers from the crowd gathered to hear him speak. Advani, who spearheaded the party's campaign for construction of the disputed temple at Ayodhya, announced that the BJP would help construct an elaborate and a beautiful temple at Ayodhya, the birth place of lord Rama after the Supreme Court gives its final verdict.

Touching on the issue of development, Advani said the central government and the Election Commission (EC) should work in the direction of conducting simultaneous elections for the Lok Sabha and all state assemblies.

Advani said conducting all elections simultaneously would speed up the development process as there would be no hindrance for five years. He said he had discussed the issue with PM Manmohan Singh in the presence of Pranab Mukherjee when the latter was a cabinet minister. However, there was no response from them, he said.

The former deputy prime minister said the EC should also look into the possibilities of organising public debates by prime ministerial and chief ministerial candidates so that they can discuss public issues and the people can understand the achievements of the rival parties and vote in favour of the better candidate or party.