`Rao should have prevented Babri demolition`
Congress said Narsimha Rao had failed to intervene in time to prevent the demolition of Babri Masjid.
New Delhi: Ahead of the debate on Liberhan Commission report in Parliament, Congress on Saturday found fault with former prime minister PV Narsimha Rao for his failure to intervene in time to prevent the demolition of Babri Masjid.
"We all feel that Rao should not have relied on the affidavit filed by VHP and the then state government of Uttar Pradesh and should have intervened in time to prevent the demolition," AICC general secretary in-charge for Uttar Pradesh Digvijay Singh told reporters here.
His comments, which came on the eve of the anniversary of
the demolition, were in response to a question about what
would be the strategy of Congress during the debate in wake of
the Opposition attacking the party for the clean chit given to
Rao in the Liberhan report.
AICC general secretary Rahul Gandhi earlier this year had
said had anyone from his family been at the helm of affairs at
that time, the mosque would not have been demolished.
The Opposition is targeting the government for the clean
chit being given to Rao in the Liberhan report with the BJP
and the SP speaking in the same voice on the issue.
This was evident with the Samajwadi Party going
hammer and tongs against Congress over the report, saying the
party then led by Rao failed to prevent the developments which
ultimately led to the Masjid`s demolition.
The BJP is also pointing to the denial of ticket by
Congress to Rao in the 1998 Lok Sabha elections for his
failure to protect the Masjid.