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Supreme Court’s Babri case order a blow to LK Advani, MM Joshi and Uma Bharti

The Supreme Court has decided to revive criminal conspiracy charges against BJP veterans LK Advani, Murli Manohar Joshi, Uma Bharti in the decades-old Babri Masjid demolition case.

india Updated: May 24, 2017 20:33 IST
Kumar Uttam
Babri masjid demolition case
This photo taken on December 6, 1992, shows a Hindu mob shouting and waving banners as they stand on the top of a stone wall and celebrate the destruction of the 16th Century Babri mosque in Ayodhya. (AFP file)

The Supreme Court’s decision on Wednesday to revive criminal conspiracy charges against BJP veterans LK Advani, Murli Manohar Joshi, Uma Bharti and others leaders has serious implications for their political future.

It is especially a huge setback for 89-year-old Advani and 83-year-old Joshi, who were seen as contenders for the presidential elections later this year.

The court’s decision will make it difficult for union minister Uma Bharti to continue in the Modi ministry. This will be the second time that a court order will cut short her ministerial stint.

The mercurial saffron-robed politician had to resign as the Madhya Pradesh chief minister in 2004 after a court order in the Hubli Idgah Maidan case. Bharti had defied a prohibitory order and hoisted the national flag at the ground during independence day celebrations.

After resigning as the chief minister, Bharti made a failed bid to regain the top job and quit the party when she was not allowed the comeback.

For Advani and Joshi, the two guiding lights of the BJP who been marginalised after the rise of Narendra Modi, the order virtually seals their political careers.

The two were seen as contenders for the post of the president once Pranab Mukherjee’s term ends in July. But with the court asking them to face trial in a case that polarised the country, Prime Minister Narendra Modi is unlikely to risk picking a controversial candidate.

The Congress welcomed the ruling though called it delayed. “It is a little late in the day but nevertheless satisfying to note that the law will be taking its own course,” Congress spokesperson Manish Tewari said.