On the eve of 22nd anniversary of Babri mosque demolition, the temple town has turned into a fortress with nearly 10,000 security personnel deployed amid calls by Muslim outfits to mark the day by hoisting black flags even as Hindu bodies seek to commemorate it.
Referring to a sting operation on the demolition of Babri Mosque, Bhartiya Janta Party national president Rajnath Singh on Saturday alleged anti-BJP parties were conspiring to give elections a communal colour.
Senior Congress leader Janardan Dwivedi on Friday slammed BJP over the demolition of Babri Mosque, saying it should have been allowed to exist even if it was disputed as people take lessons even from "wrong steps" of history.
A three-tier security cordon was on Thursday thrown around this town and all its entry points were sealed to maintain peace on the eve of 21st anniversary of Babri Mosque demolition as Muslim organisations decided to observe "black day" and Hindu outfits a "day of victory".
A Special Leave Petition has been
filed in the SC claiming that a Buddhist monastery
(Baudh Vihar) existed at the site of Babri mosque and hence
the disputed land at Ayodhya should be handed over to
followers of the faith.
Maintaining that the Muslim
community has every right to challenge the Allahabad High
Court judgement in the Ayodhya case, AIMPLB on Friday said it has not closed its door for any negotiations on the issue.