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Controversy over: Modi

Ahmedabad Aug. 25. A day after the Prime Minister, Atal Behari Vajpayee, rebuked him for the "indecorous insinuations" against the Chief Election Commissioner, J. M. Lyngdoh, the Gujarat Chief Minister, Narendra Modi, today said the controversy has come to an end following Mr. Vajpayee's "guidelines", but stuck to his demand that the Election Commission hold early Assembly polls.

"Following the Prime Minister, Atal Behari Vajpayee's guidelines on the issue the controversy with the Chief Election Commissioner has come to an end," Mr. Modi said in a statement here.

However, he said his stand on elections to the Assembly was very clear _ that five crore people of Gujarat should be given the opportunity to elect a popular government as early as possible.

In a virtual disapproval of Mr. Modi's attack on Mr. Lyngdoh, the Prime Minister had yesterday said no one should use ``improper language or make indecorous insinuations'' in expressing views on the EC's decision on Gujarat.

Mr. Vajpayee had also asked the democratic institutions to work within their Constitutional limits and appealed to ``all for an immediate end to this unseemly controversy.'' _ PTI

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