You are here: Home » Politics » News » National
Business Standard

Babri demolition: Blame me, not Advani, says ex-BJP MP Ram Vilas Vedanti

To raise Ram temple, he said, 'Ek dhakka aur do, Babri Masjid tod do'

IANS  |  Faizabad (Uttar Pradesh) 

Blame me, not Advani, for inciting mob to demolish Babri Masjid: Ex-BJP MP

Former MP Ram Vilas Vedanti on Friday said it was he and not former Deputy Prime Minister L K Advani who egged a frenzied mob to raze the in 1992.

"He had no role in this incident," Vedanti told the media, referring to Advani, one of the senior most leaders of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). "I brought it down and ensured that it went down."

Vedanti is one of the 13 people accused by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) of conspiring to bring down the 16th century mosque at Ayodhya near here on December 6, 1992.

The Supreme Court on Wednesday directed the special court in Lucknow to proceed with the trial against leaders Advani, Murli Manohar Joshi, Union Minister Uma Bharati and MP Vinay Katiyar among others.

Vedanti recalled that when the mosque was being attacked by a mob, he along with the late Ashok Singhal and Mahant Avaidyanth exhorted the VHP activists to ensure that it came down brick by brick.

He said it was vital to raze the mosque to the ground quickly so that a makeshift Ram temple could be raised on its ruins. "It was I who said 'Ek dhakka aur do, tod do'."

Vedanti also said that while he and others were inciting the mob, Joshi, Advani and Vijayraje Scindia were trying to calm the 'kar sevaks'.

He demanded that the 67.77 acre acquired land around the disputed site be handed over to the Ram Janmabhoomi Nyaas.

The mosque razing led to widespread Hindu-Muslim violence in the country.

RECOMMENDED FOR YOU

Babri demolition: Blame me, not Advani, says ex-BJP MP Ram Vilas Vedanti

To raise Ram temple, he said, 'Ek dhakka aur do, Babri Masjid tod do'

To raise Ram temple, he said, 'Ek dhakka aur do, Babri Masjid tod do'

Former MP Ram Vilas Vedanti on Friday said it was he and not former Deputy Prime Minister L K Advani who egged a frenzied mob to raze the in 1992.

"He had no role in this incident," Vedanti told the media, referring to Advani, one of the senior most leaders of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). "I brought it down and ensured that it went down."

Vedanti is one of the 13 people accused by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) of conspiring to bring down the 16th century mosque at Ayodhya near here on December 6, 1992.

The Supreme Court on Wednesday directed the special court in Lucknow to proceed with the trial against leaders Advani, Murli Manohar Joshi, Union Minister Uma Bharati and MP Vinay Katiyar among others.

Vedanti recalled that when the mosque was being attacked by a mob, he along with the late Ashok Singhal and Mahant Avaidyanth exhorted the VHP activists to ensure that it came down brick by brick.

He said it was vital to raze the mosque to the ground quickly so that a makeshift Ram temple could be raised on its ruins. "It was I who said 'Ek dhakka aur do, tod do'."

Vedanti also said that while he and others were inciting the mob, Joshi, Advani and Vijayraje Scindia were trying to calm the 'kar sevaks'.

He demanded that the 67.77 acre acquired land around the disputed site be handed over to the Ram Janmabhoomi Nyaas.

The mosque razing led to widespread Hindu-Muslim violence in the country.

image
Business Standard
177 22

Babri demolition: Blame me, not Advani, says ex-BJP MP Ram Vilas Vedanti

To raise Ram temple, he said, 'Ek dhakka aur do, Babri Masjid tod do'

Former MP Ram Vilas Vedanti on Friday said it was he and not former Deputy Prime Minister L K Advani who egged a frenzied mob to raze the in 1992.

"He had no role in this incident," Vedanti told the media, referring to Advani, one of the senior most leaders of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). "I brought it down and ensured that it went down."

Vedanti is one of the 13 people accused by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) of conspiring to bring down the 16th century mosque at Ayodhya near here on December 6, 1992.

The Supreme Court on Wednesday directed the special court in Lucknow to proceed with the trial against leaders Advani, Murli Manohar Joshi, Union Minister Uma Bharati and MP Vinay Katiyar among others.

Vedanti recalled that when the mosque was being attacked by a mob, he along with the late Ashok Singhal and Mahant Avaidyanth exhorted the VHP activists to ensure that it came down brick by brick.

He said it was vital to raze the mosque to the ground quickly so that a makeshift Ram temple could be raised on its ruins. "It was I who said 'Ek dhakka aur do, tod do'."

Vedanti also said that while he and others were inciting the mob, Joshi, Advani and Vijayraje Scindia were trying to calm the 'kar sevaks'.

He demanded that the 67.77 acre acquired land around the disputed site be handed over to the Ram Janmabhoomi Nyaas.

The mosque razing led to widespread Hindu-Muslim violence in the country.

image
Business Standard
177 22