‘Babri demolition dented BJP`s image’

LK Advani had said the day the disputed structure was pulled down was the saddest day of his life.

Last Updated: Mar 13, 2011, 23:55 PM IST

New Delhi: Senior BJP leader LK Advani on Sunday said that he felt the demolition of the Babri mosque in
1992 had "badly dented" the credibility of his party.

Recalling a newspaper article he had written a
fortnight after the demolition, he said that while describing
the genesis of evolution of Ayodhya movement, he had said that
the day the disputed structure was pulled down was the saddest
day of his life.

In the latest post on his blog, Advani said that some
colleagues had criticised him for that statement saying, "Why
he was being apologetic about the development?"

Advani said he had replied, "I am not at all
apologetic. Indeed, I am proud of my association with the
Ayodhya movement. But I am extremely sad that our party?s
credibility has been badly dented by the happenings of
December 6."
He recalled that he had written in his article that
organisations involved in the movement could be faulted for
not being able to judge the impatience of the people
participating in it.

"I felt sad that a meticulously drawn up plan of
action, where under the UP government was steadily marching
forward towards discharging its mandate regarding temple
construction without violating any law or disregarding any
court order had gone awry (because of the demolition).

"If the exercise contemplated had now been
short-circuited in a totally unforeseen manner, the
organisations involved in the movement can be faulted for not
being able to judge the impatience of the people participating
in the movement, but they were certainly not responsible for
what happened that day", Advani recalled as having stated in
the article.
‘Manmohan govt’s credibility in shambles’

New Delhi: Stepping up his attack on the UPA government on the CVC appointment controversy, senior BJP leader LK Advani on Sunday said Prime Minister Manmohan Singh government’s credibility is in a "shambles".

In a posting on his blog, the BJP leader alleged that the government has "totally abdicated its responsibility in matters of pre-empting wrongdoing by scamsters".

Maintaining that credibility is the most important attribute of an individual or an organisation, Advani, who has often targeted Manmohan Singh as a "weak Prime Minister", said, "Today the Manmohan Singh government`s credibility is in a shambles."

Noting "whether it is the case of PJ Thomas or A Raja, or Hasan Ali, or Commonwealth Games officials, it is repeatedly the Supreme Court that has had to take action, rather than the government", the BJP leader said the incidents have highlighted that "ethical deficit" in the UPA government was "far more serious than its governance deficit".

Advani also referred to Home Minister P Chidambaram`s remark almost a month back that there was a governance and ethical deficit in governance that needed to be taken serious note of.

In an interview with the Wall Street Journal, the Home Minister had said, "I think we should take serious note of the concerns expressed by captains of industry and business. There is indeed a governance deficit in some areas and perhaps there is also an ethical deficit."

Advani said President Pratibha Patil had to officially cancel the order appointing Thomas as Central Vigilance Commissioner last Thursday, "perhaps because even after the Supreme Court quashed the CVC’s appointment in its order declared Thomas’ appointment as ‘non-est’ in law, the officer had not relinquished charge."

Advani had yesterday said that it is not Manmohan Singh but the office of Prime Minister that is lacking integrity and suffers from a "governance deficit". He had also attacked Singh for blaming "compulsions of coalition politics" for anomalies in the 2-G spectrum allocation.

PTI