There was no conspiracy, it was 'khullam khulla': Uma Bharti on her role in Ayodhya movement
Uma Bharti is going to Ayodhya tonight.
New Delhi: In her first comments after the SC ruled that she will have to face trial on conspiracy charges in the Babri demolition case, Union Minister Uma Bharti said that she is willing to go to jail for the sake of a grand Ram temple in Ayodhya.
“Koi saajish nahi thi, sab kuch khullam khulla tha. Mera man, vachan, karam ek the. Mere man main sirf ek baat thi aur wo tha Ram Mandir. (There was no conspiracy, every thing was in the open. My consicence, words and deeds were one. I had only Ram temple in my mind),” she said.
BJP patriarch LK Advani, senior leader Murli Manohar Joshi and 10 others will also be facing trail along with Uma Bharti.
Recalling her decision to quit as Madhya Pradesh CM in 2004 after a case was filed against her for allegedly disrespecting the national flag (she was acquitted later), Ms Bharti said, “I had left the CM chair for the pride of the tricolour.”
“Yes, I was there (Ayodhya) on Dec 6, rest of the matter if for the lawyers to talk in the court,” she said.
“Let I be hanged or jailed, I have no problem, I only want to see a Ram temple (in Ayodhya). I have never expressed regret.”
She also asserted the role of the Ramjanmbhoomi movement in the rise of the BJP in the country.
On the Congress' demand that she resign from the union cabinet, Ms Bharti said, “When 10,000 Sikhs were killed (in 1984) Sonia was in the house of Rajiv (Gandhi) then does it mean that she was part of the conspiracy?”
Congress has no moral right to ask questions, she added.
She also revealed details about her plan to leave for Ayodhya tonight.
“'I am going to Ayodhya tonight and will thank Ram Lalla and Hanuman ji for giving so much pride in life,” she said.