Rajnath defends Kalyan during debate in LS on Liberhan report

New Delhi: BJP President Rajnath Singh was on Monday found defending his bete noire former Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Kalyan Singh during the high voltage debate on the Liberhan Commission report in the Lok Sabha.

The BJP chief said the Congress had in 1945 given a strong commitment not to allow country's partition but failed to keep the promise.

"Now why questions are being raised about Kalyan Singh's assurance to the Supreme Court on not allowing any damage to the disputed structure," he said initiating the debate on behalf of BJP.

Rajnath Singh, who is also a former UP Chief Minister, said Kalyan Singh had expressed his inability to the Centre to use force against the Kar Sewaks as it could lead to religious discord.

He alleged that the Centre did not take action to prevent trouble despite Kalyan Singh refusing to use force.

Attacking another former Chief Minister Mulayam Singh Yadav, the BJP leader said, "I will not take the name, but the person is present in House. His government had opened fire on kar sewaks which led to religious discord."

Rajnath Singh said Kalyan Singh was trying to avoid the situation created during the SP government by using force on kar sewaks.

Kalyan Singh has twice left BJP. He had contested the last Lok Sabha election as an Independent with SP's support. However, following differences with Mulayam Singh Yadav, he parted ways and had indicated willingness to rejoin BJP.