Modi, however, did not make any direct reference to his party's pet theme of building Ram temple at the disputed site in Ayodhya. The BJP’s poster boy made several references to Lord Ram to exhort the people to defeat the Congress, Samajwadi Party and Bahujan Samaj Party.

"This is the land of Lord Ram where people believed in 'pran jaye par vachan na jaye'. Can you pardon those who broke their promises?" the BJP’s prime ministerial candidate asked while referring to the Congress party's unfulfilled promise of providing 10 crore jobs to people in five years.

"I, from this land of Lord Ram, promise you that I will fight corruption my whole life. Where do I get the strength to speak this? I have lived my whole life for this," he added.

Modi, who will also address a rally in Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi’s bastion Amethi today, urged the people to allow the ‘lotus to bloom in the land of Ram’.

“Even the Mahatma invoked the name of Ram. He always spoke of Ram Rajya. Ram Rajya means development for all,” he said.

Modi’s comments are significant as Faizabad is just five kilometres away from Ayodhya, the birthplace of lord Ram.

Meanwhile, the Election Commission has reportedly sought a report from the district office on the usage of the deity’s picture at Modi’s rally as religious symbols are banned during the poll campaigns.


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