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Ex-MP Vedanti claims he and not Advani asked karsevaks to pull

Press Trust of India  |  Faizabad/New Delhi 

Ram Vilas Vedanti, a former MP and an accused in the Babri mosque demolition case, today claimed it was he and not the patriarch who incited the frenzied karsevaks to pull down the disputed shrine.

"I demolished and got demolished the disputed structure, the ruin that stood there. The accusations against L K Advani, and Rajmata Vijayaraje Scindia are wrong," he said.

Vedanti's remarks came two days after the Supreme resurrected the conspiracy charge against Advani, Joshi and union minister in the Babri Masjid demolition case.

Vedanti said, in fact, Advani, Joshi and Scindia even took the microphone from him and tried to persuade the karsevaks to come down from atop the structure and leave. They even made the plea in English, he later told a TV channel.

Vedanti said he, Mahant Avaidyanath, also a former MP, and VHP leader Ashok Singhal exhorted the karsevaks to raze the disputed structrue. Both Avaidyanath and Singhal are now dead.

He told India Today TV channel he was prepared to be "hanged" for the cause of Ram temple.

When asked was his claim an effort by him to "derail" the trial against BJP veterans, Vedanti said," I have spoken about this earlier too.

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First Published: Fri, April 21 2017. 21:42 IST