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Advani wants Ayodhya to be like Vaishnodevi, Katra

Dy PM has asked Tourism Minister Jagmohan to develop Ayodhya on the lines of Katra and Vaishnodevi.

india Updated: Oct 13, 2003 15:16 IST

Two days after being discharged by the Rae Barelli special court, Deputy Prime Minister LK Advani said here on Sunday that he has asked Tourism and Culture Minister Jagmohan to develop Ayodhya on the lines of Katra and Vaishnodevi.

Speaking to reporters on board the special IAF aircraft, Advani said that besides being a place of pilgrimage, Ayodhya is ''holy and sacred''. He said: ''After all, it is associated with Ram and it is situated on the banks of the Saryu. I have therefore told Jagmohan to develop it in the same manner in which he developed Katra and Vaishnodevi''.

But he clarified that no activity would take place in or around the disputed site because of a ''freeze'' on any such work by the Supreme Court.

He refused to comment on the issue of resignation of HRD Minister Murli Manohar Joshi. But he said that the has been in touch with Prime Minister over phone and that he has discussed Joshi's resignation with him.

Advani appeared relaxed after the special court's judgment clearing him of all criminal charges. He recounted that the Ayodhya case was the second longest legal issue that he has faced in his political career so far.

The longest ever — which dragged on for nearly 20 years — involved his enlisting as a voter from Gwalior. ''That protracted legal case was fought between 1982 and 2000,'' Advani said.

He was unfazed when asked that the main case was still pending in the Lucknow bench of the Allahabad High Court in which the CBI has charged him with criminal conspiracy (Section 120B of the IPC). ''At the present point of time, the trial court has given its verdict,'' Advani said.