Kalyan Singh to float new party in January
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Last Updated: Thursday, December 10, 2009, 18:40
Aligarh: Former Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister and once BJP's poster boy Kalyan Singh on Thursday said he would float a new party on his birthday on January five next.

"Details for setting up a new party are being worked out," he told reporters here.

The party would be formally launched on his birthday on January five, Kalyan, who parted company with Samajwadi Party supremo Mulayam Singh Yadav nearly a month ago, said.

The former Hindutva icon said his supporters wanted him to float a new political party. "The decision is not mine, but is the unanimous view of my supporters."

Kalyan, indicted by the Liberhan Commission, said his new outfit would be committed to constructing a grand Ram temple at the disputed site at Ayodhya.

At the same time, he favoured construction of a new mosque with the help of Hindus at a suitable distance from the disputed site, the former Chief Minister said.

"All political parties are trying to exploit the Ayodhya issue for vote bank politics, but I will like to settle the matter for ever so that Hindus and Muslims can live in peace," he said.

Hindutva and social justice would be guiding ideologies of his party, Kalyan said.

Kalyan, on his first visit to his native place Aligarh after snapping of ties with the SP, has been holding parleys with his supporters for the past three days.

To a question, Kalyan said "the BJP never practices what it preaches. But, my new party will mean what it will say."

In a choked voice, he said "I will never, never rejoin the BJP and the proposed party will be my final political legacy."

Lashing out at Mulayam Singh Yadav, Kalyan said the SP leader "is becoming desperate because his entire Muslim vote bank is shifting towards the Congress."

"I was not interested in joining hands with the SP and it was only after Mulayam and Amar Singh visited my son's house that I agreed to their proposal."

Asked why his 'Ram Temple' plank should not be considered as vote bank politics, the former BJP leader said "I have no intention of exacerbating Hindu-Muslim differences. Instead, I have a plan for amicably resolving the issue."

On the Liberhan Commission, he said "its entire report is riddled with contradictions and should be thrown in a waste paper basket."

The Commission had wasted public time and money for 17 years and its report looked more a political document rather than a legal one, Kalyan said.

He said the demolition of the Babri mosque was not a conspiracy, but was the result of an emotional outburst of several lakh karsewaks who had assembled at Ayodhya on that day.


First Published: Thursday, December 10, 2009, 18:40

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