BJP faces tough electoral battle in Ayodhya in key Indian state Uttar Pradesh

A campaign poster featuring Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath from the ruling BJP in Ayodhya. ST PHOTO: NIRMALA GANAPATHY
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AYODHYA (Uttar Pradesh) - Discontent is brewing in the narrow shop-lined lanes leading up to the Ram temple that is under construction in the city of Ayodhya, which is nearly 10 hours away by road from India's capital, New Delhi.

The move to widen the approach to the temple to Hindu deity Lord Ram has divided shopkeepers in the town in the state of Uttar Pradesh, which is in the throes of a multi-phase election in which caste, religion and local issues and candidates have blended, as usual, for a complex mix.

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