Mulayam's remark on Ayodhya verdict vote-bank politics: Kalyan



Lucknow: Hitting out at Mulayam Singh Yadav for condemning the Ayodhya verdict, former Uttar Pradesh chief minister Kalyan Singh on Friday accused the SP chief of instigating Muslims and playing vote-bank politics.

"Yadav's statement that the verdict gave precedence to faith over law and evidence is indicative of his frustration over the fact that he is losing Muslim support...As Yadav finds that his political future is dark, he has started playing communal card," Singh told reporters here.

The former BJP stalwart asked the community to be wary of such vote hungry leaders.

Earlier in the day, Yadav had said the Muslim community felt cheated by the Ayodhya title suit verdict, prompting Chief Minister Mayawati to warn of strict action against any attempt to vitiate the communal atmosphere.

"I am disappointed at the judicial verdicts that give precedence to faith over law and evidence. This does not augur good for the country, the Constitution and the Judiciary itself," Yadav had said.

Singh asked the SP leader to take inspiration from Hashim Ansari, the 90-year-old litigant of the Ayodhya title suit, who has not only welcomed the court decision but has also appealed to the Muslims to end the chapter and cooperate in the construction of the Ram temple.

Welcoming the stand taken by all political and religions leaders after the verdict, he wondered as to why Yadav, who had earlier said that the court's verdict should be accepted by all, has made the shift.

However, Singh -- who was the chief minister when the Babri mosque was demolished in 1992, said he did not want the land be divided into three parts as decided by the court.

On his next move, Singh said he will wait for another three months and the next step would only be the construction of a grand Ram temple in Ayodhya.

PTI