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BJP asks Congress not to preach on Babri demolition issue

PTI  New Delhi, October 05, 2010
First Published: 20:25 IST(5/10/2010) | Last Updated: 20:39 IST(5/10/2010)

Lashing out at the Congress for raising the Babri Masjid demolition issue "again and again", BJP on Tuesday said law is taking its course in the matter and advised the ruling party against giving "edifications".

"It has been said several times that a procedure is separately going on for December 6 (incident of Babri Mosque demolition). This is a legal action," BJP's chief spokesperson Ravi Shankar Prasad told reporters on the sidelines of an event 'Better Understanding: The Ayodhya Verdict'.

"But, raising of this issue (by Congress) again and again is unfortunate... the country knows well about what has been the attitude of Congress in this matter. So, it will be better if they (Congress) do not give edifications," he said when asked to comment on Congress' statement on demolition issue.

The ruling party today said that the Allahabad High Court verdict in no way condones the demolition of the Babri Masjid on December 6, 1992, which was a "shameful and criminal act for which the perpetrators must be brought to justice".

Hitting out at the Congress over this issue, BJP national spokesperson Nirmala Sitharaman told reporters at the party briefing, "At this stage, it is a High Court verdict which has come on a bunch of civil suits based on certain issues.

"... And, to that extent, we respect what has come in the judgement. At this stage, to time and again link it with the demolition of the Babri Masjid.... I don't think there is any need".

Seeking to turn the tables on the ruling party over the vexed issue, Prasad said those, including Congress, are raising the Babri Mosque demolition issue should first answer the question of who had got the locks opened at the disputed site in Ayodhya, in a reference to the Rajiv Gandhi government which had allowed the opening of the locks in February 1986.

"I am not willing to speak on any political issue. But Congress should first give answer that who had got the locks opened. Those talking about December 6 should answer this question first," he demanded.

Prasad alleged that the then Narsimha Rao government had attempted to "implicate" those booked in the Babri demolition case, including senior BJP leader L K Advani and other leaders of the party.

"We are facing this trial. Our lawyers go there. A decision will be taken (by the court)," he added.


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