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Amid poll panel's gag order, Yogi to visit Ayodhya

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will visit the temple in on Wednesday, amid the 72-hour ban on campaigning imposed on him by the

Adityanath visited the famous Setu temple here and offered prayers Tuesday, a day after the poll panel barred him from electioneering for three days for likening the ongoing polls to a contest between 'Ali' and 'Bajrang Bali'.

In Ayodhya, along with the makeshift shrine to Ram Lalla, the will also pray at the nearby Garhi temple on Wednesday.

In the evening, he will go to Devipatan, a temple of goddess Durga in district, where he would stay the night.

The reached the Setu temple here Tuesday morning and got a rousing reception from his supporters amid slogans of "Jai Gorakhdham" and "ji".

He, however, refused to take questions from the mediapersons, following the poll panel's gag order.

He spent about 25 minutes at the temple and was seen bowing before the deity and sitting with folded hands to recite the "Hanuman Chalisa."

Though he accepted greetings from the large numbers of morning worshippers present there on a Tuesday, the day dedicated to Lord Hanuman, with a smile, he refrained from interacting with them.

The chief minister also stayed away from Rajnath Singh's roadshow, held Tuesday before he filed his nomination paper for the Lucknow seat.

Adityanath also cancelled his rallies in Nagina and

The BJP termed the chief minister's visit to the temple "a personal one".

The Monday barred Adityanath from campaigning for 72 hours starting 6 am Tuesday for his "divisive" comments at a rally in

"If the Congress, the and the BSP have faith in Ali, we too have faith in Bajrang Bali," he had said there.

While Ali is a revered figure in Islam, Bajrang Bali is Lord Hanuman's another name.

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First Published: Tue, April 16 2019. 22:10 IST