BJP tells Cong not to preach on Babri demolition issue

Lashing out at the Congress for raising the Babri Masjid demolition issue "again and again", BJP on Tuesday said law is taking its course in the matter and advised the ruling party against giving "edifications".

New Delhi: Lashing out at the Congress for
raising the Babri Masjid demolition issue "again and again",
BJP on Tuesday said law is taking its course in the matter and
advised the ruling party against giving "edifications".

"It has been said several times that a procedure is
separately going on for December 6 (incident of Babri Mosque
demolition). This is a legal action," BJP`s chief spokesperson
Ravi Shankar Prasad told reporters here on the sidelines of an
event `Better Understanding`: The Ayodhya Verdict`.
"But, raising of this issue (by Congress) again and again
is unfortunate... the country knows well about what has been
the attitude of Congress in this matter. So, it will be better
if they (Congress) do not give edifications," he said when
asked to comment on Congress` statement on demolition issue.

The ruling party today said that the Allahabad High Court
verdict in no way condones the demolition of the Babri Masjid
on December 6, 1992, which was a "shameful and criminal act
for which the perpetrators must be brought to justice".

Hitting out at the Congress over this issue, BJP national
spokesperson Nirmala Sitharaman told reporters at the party
briefing, "At this stage, it is a High Court verdict which has
come on a bunch of civil suits based on certain issues.

"... And, to that extent, we respect what has come in the
judgement. At this stage, to time and again link it with the
demolition of the Babri Masjid.... I don`t think there is any
need".
Seeking to turn the tables on the ruling party over the
vexed issue, Prasad said those, including Congress, are
raising the Babri Mosque demolition issue should first answer
the question of who had got the locks opened at the disputed
site in Ayodhya, in a reference to the Rajiv Gandhi government
which had allowed the opening of the locks in February 1986.

"I am not willing to speak on any political issue. But
Congress should first give answer that who had got the locks
opened. Those talking about December 6 should answer this
question first," he demanded.

Prasad alleged that the then Narsimha Rao government had
attempted to "implicate" those booked in the Babri demolition
case, including senior BJP leader L K Advani and other leaders
of the party.

"We are facing this trial. Our lawyers go there. A
decision will be taken (by the court)," he added.

PTI

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