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However, on Tuesday VHP sources denied that he was to visit the town, although they admitted that invites had been sent to several political leaders, including Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chauhan and Mr. Modi. It is apparent that Mr. Modi does not want to toe the Hindutva line in Uttar Pradesh, where the temple issue has seemingly outlived its utility for the party.

Modi calls on Advani

B. Muralidhar Reddy reports from New Delhi:

On his maiden visit to New Delhi on Tuesday after he was made head of the BJP’s election campaign committee, the Gujarat Chief Minister called on L.K. Advani in an effort to address the senior leader’s apprehension that the party has been hijacked by leaders with “personal agenda.”

Though no details emerged of the hour-long meeting between Mr. Advani and Mr. Modi, the former’s supporters termed it a “good meeting that ended on a positive note.”

Mr. Modi also spent more than an hour with the ailing former Prime Minister, Atal Bihari Vajpayee, at his residence. Among others he visited was the former party president, Murli Manohar Joshi.

“Modiji has come to Delhi to express his gratitude for his recent appointment as chairman of the BJP campaign committee… He said he is trying to fulfil the responsibility given to him,” Dr. Joshi told journalists. After attending a meeting at the Planning Commission, Mr. Modi visited the BJP headquarters in the evening and had an informal interaction with some office-bearers.