BJP solely to blame for Babri demolition

LaluGuwahati, April 19 (IANS) Prime Minister Manmohan Singh Sunday rejected Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) supremo Lalu Prasad’s charge that the Congress too was to blame for Babri Masjid, saying the BJP was solely responsible for the 1992 mosque demolition.

Addressing a press conference in Amin Gaon in Guwahati, the prime minister also said he would prefer to put an end to the slanging match with Bharatiya Janata Party’s (BJP) prime ministerial candidate L.K. Advani.

“We can’t be blamed,” the prime minister said replying to a question on his reaction to Lalu Prasad’s remark on the Babri razing. He said that the then BJP chief minister of Uttar Pradesh Kalyan Singh “did what he did” despite his affidavit to the apex court that he will protect the 16th century disputed structure.

“It is known to everybody that then BJP chief minister Kalyan Singh gave a solid assurance to the Supreme Court and after that he did what he did. The Congress party certainly cannot be blamed because it believed that Kalyan Singh would honour the affidavit given to the Supreme Court….

“But he didn’t honour it and that is the only fault you can find with the Congress party with regard to the demolition of the Babri Masjid,” the prime minister said.

Lalu Prasad, the railways minister, had said in Bihar that the Congress was also to blame for the demolition as it did nothing to prevent it, despite being in power at the centre then.

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