Contrary to the findings of the Liberhan Commission, Vishwa Hindu Parishad president Ashok Singhal claimed on Friday that former Prime Minister P.V. Narasimha Rao was internally in favour of the Ram temple movement.
“Rao was internally with us. I talked to him thrice one-to-one on the issue,” he said. “I don’t want to divulge more details,” Singhal said.
Acharya Giriraj Kishore added that it was a journalist who arranged the meetings.
After Rao, Singhal evoked memories of other Congress leaders. “It was because of Sardar Patel that Somnath temple — demolished by Mahmud Ghazni — was reconstructed by a cabinet decision. Rajendra Prasad attended the function despite Nehru’s advice not to, and even said that a symbol of slavery had been wiped off.”
He said that Hindu-Muslim peace could prevail only if Muslims voluntarily surrendered their claims to three sites: Ayodhya, Kashi and Mathura.
“Only then will the past relation of invaders and invaded cease to exist,” he said.
When asked about the BJP gradually diluting its stand, he avoided comment: “Ask them, not me.” However, he did say that Vajpayee was part of the movement, thus obliquely agreeing with Liberhan.
On Advani calling the demolition the saddest day of his life, Singhal said: “I think it was a day of national honour.”