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Facing EC's gag order, Yogi visits Hanuman temple, offers prayers

Press Trust of India 

Uttar Pradesh visited the famous Setu temple here and offered prayers Tuesday, a day after the barred him from electioneering for 72 hours for likening the ongoing polls to a contest between 'Ali' and 'Bajrang Bali'.

The who arrived in the temple to a rousing reception by his supporters amid slogans of "Jai Gorakhdham" and "ji" 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 "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.

Owing to the poll panel's gag order, the also stayed away from Rajnath Singh's road show Tuesday before he filed the nomination paper by him for the Lucknow seat.

The chief minister 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. 16:50 IST