Uma flays Kalyan for regretting Babri mosque demolition
Bharatiya Janshaakti Party chief Uma Bharti today came down heavily on former UP CM Kalyan Singh for showing remorse over the demolition of Babari Masjid, saying the incident was related with an issue that helped him get the top post in the state.india Updated: Apr 18, 2009 01:08 IST
Bharatiya Janshaakti Party chief Uma Bharti on Saturday came down heavily on former UP Chief Minister Kalyan Singh for showing remorse over the demolition of Babari Masjid, saying the incident was related with an issue that helped him get the top post in the state.
"I feel sorry for him (Singh), as why he tendered an apology in the Babri Masjid demolition. After all it was the issue of Ram Temple, which made him the chief minister," Bharti told reporters here.
The former fire-brand BJP leader, however, said that as a chief minister Kalyan Singh was "quite good".
Singh has been regretting for the incident since he joined hands with SP chief Mulayam Singh Yadav after parting ways with the saffron party.
In Etah, Uttar Pradesh, Singh today told PTI, "No Chief Minister wants an incident like Babri Masjid demolition to happen nor did I".
On the issue of Ram Temple, Bharti said, "The issue has ended on December 6, 1992 itself. It could be said that the demolition of Babri Masjid was a victory for the Hindu society and a defeat for the BJP. Now the Ram Temple could be built only through consensus."
The former Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister also said she would not campaign either in favour of or against Singh, who is contesting from Etah as an independent candidate with the SP's support.
"I will not campaign for Kalyan Singh this time, but, at the same, time let me tell you that I will not oppose him or campaign against him," she said.
Bharti said BSP supremo Mayawati would have no option other than supporting BJP leader L K Advani for prime ministership after elections as there are no chances of any consensus on her name for the top job.
"Mayawati has got no other option but to support L K Advani as the next PM. This is because of the fact that there would be no consensus on her name," she said.
She also criticised Congress President Sonia Gandhi for calling Advani "a slave of the RSS".
"Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru, the country's first PM had high regards for the RSS for its contribution in social services. If Sonia Gandhi is not having adequate information about the Sangh, then she should quit politics," she added.
The former MP CM was also critical about the use of electronic voting machines for polling as she claimed that anyone can easily "manipulate" them.
She said that her party had started a signature campaign in Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh to stop the use of EVMs.
First Published: Apr 18, 2009 01:07 IST