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Why does Blair wear a Hindu thread?

British Prime Minister Tony Blair sported a sacred Hindu red thread on his wrist during heated political exchanges in the House of Commons on Wednesday.

tabloid Updated: May 04, 2006 13:06 IST

British Prime Minister Tony Blair sported a sacred Hindu red thread on his wrist during heated political exchanges in the House of Commons on Wednesday.

A spokeswoman for the government said the wristband was a gift presented to Blair when he visited a Hindu temple in Neasden, north London, last week.

Journalists spotted the thread on Blair's wrist as he was facing tough questioning from the opposition parties over a string of recent government scandals.

First Published: May 04, 2006 13:06 IST