Seventeen years after the demolition of Babri Mosque in Ayodhya, the then chief minister of Uttar Pradesh and former BJP leader Kalyan Singh on Wednesday owned ‘moral responsibility’ for the tragic event, though he stopped short of offering any apology.
Singh said he had resigned as chief minister owning moral responsibility for the demolition.
<b1>Political observers see in the statement an effort to safeguard the political interests of his new found ally, SP leader Mulayam Singh Yadav. “Like Hindus, Muslims have every right to take pride in their faith. It is unfortunate that for some vested interests had sown seeds of discord between the two faiths,” his statement reads.
Singh’s statement said no officers or government employees should be held responsible for what had happened at Ayodhya on December 6, 1992. “I take full responsibility and am ready to face any court or commission of inquiry,” he said.
The record shows that the centre had dismissed all four BJP state governments in the country— in UP, MP, Rajasthan and Himachal Pradesh — immediately after the demolition. Kalyan Singh had not resigned. Sources said Kalyan Singh’s statement, following his last night’s meeting with SP supremo, was aimed at assuaging the sentiments of the minority community.
On his part, SP leader Amar Singh visited Deoband on Tuesday to convince the clerics about the necessity of alliance with Kalyan Singh.