MPs from Left parties, Samajwadi Party (SP) and Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) on Wednesday staged a sit-in outside parliament, demanding the arrest of those responsible for the demolition of the Babri mosque in Ayodhya 14 years ago.
The MPs asked the government to take immediate steps to arrest BJP leaders, who were charged for the demolition of the shrine, including Leader of Opposition LK Advani.
Hindu mobs, belonging mainly to the Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) and the BJP, razed the 16th-century mosque on December 6, 1992, alleging it was built on the site of an ancient temple dedicated to Hindu god Ram. The event triggered nationwide communal violence.
The MPs said BJP leaders like Advani and Murli Manohar Joshi should resign from parliament. They also raised slogans saying that Advani be hanged for the "crime".
Led by Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPI-M) MPs Sitaram Yechury, Brinda Karat, SP leaders Jaya Bachchan, Amar Singh and Mohan Singh, the members held placards and shouted slogans like "Down, Down Communalism" and "Punish the culprits of Babri demolition".