Babri case order: Lalu sees conspiracy to dash Advani’s presidential prospect
Following apex court order reviving conspiracy charge in Babri case, RJD chief Lalu Prasad said people within BJP had undermined party leader LK Advani’s chances to become President of India.india Updated: Apr 19, 2017 19:31 IST
PATNA Barely an hour after the Supreme Court revived the conspiracy charge in the Babri Masjid demolition case against BJP stalwarts like LK Advani, Murli Manohar Joshi, Kalyan Singh, Uma Bharti and Vinay Katiyar, RJD chief Lalu Prasad, on Wednesday, came out with his own explanation of the turn of events.
“This development smacks of a conspiracy scripted within the BJP”, Prasad alleged, pointing out that the prosecuting agency in the Babri case, the CBI, was under the ‘control’ of the Prime Minister and implying this may have had something to do with the development of the day.
“When the CBI says in the court that the conspiracy case against the Advani and other BJP leaders should be pursued, what else remains to be said?” he added, welcoming the apex court verdict
Prasad, who had stopped Advani’s Somnath to Ayodhya ‘rath yatra’ in Bihar, in October 1990, at the peak of the BJP’s movement for constructing a Ram temple at Ayodhya in Uttar Pradesh, seemed to imply a deliberate effort to undermine the position of the veteran BJP leader.
“There was a lot of talk in the market about Advani as a prospective candidate for the post of President of India, the election for which is scheduled to be held in July. Following the court verdict, Advani’s chances are gone in a single stroke”, he pointed out.
Prasad said: “Anyone can read the turn of events, leading to this situation. But then, in the RSS and BJP, anything is possible. They don’t spare anyone. It was Advani who had helped Narendra Modi (remain Gujarat CM) in the wake of the 2002 Gujarat riots, but today he knows best what has happened,” Prasad told reporters at his residence.
Union law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad, who was in Patna, on Wednesday,however, asked the RJD chief to reply to serious allegations of corruption levelled against him and members of his family, over the past several days, by BJP leader Sushil Kumar Modi.
Modi has been holding press conferences over the past several days, questioning how members of the RJD chief’s immediate family had secured ownership of a couple of companies, which possessed valuable tracts of land at Patna and other places.
The union minister also urged Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar to take action in the matter.
Ravi Shankar Prasad, however, did not say anything about Wednesday’s apex court verdict in the Babri case. “I have not seen the judgment. Advaniji, Joshiji and all others are our respected leaders. I will not make any comment without studying the order, as I am the law minister,” he added.
First Published: Apr 19, 2017 16:43 IST