Lucknow: Ahead of the upcoming Uttar Pradesh Assembly Elections, Samajwadi Party chief Mulayam Singh Yadav on Sunday reiterated that the decision of ordering firing on 'kar sevaks' in Ayodhya was “painful" but added that he had had no other option.
The firing had earned the then UP chief minister the nickname of 'Mulla Mulayam'.
On the occasion of late socialist leader Karpoori Thakur's birth anniversary, Mulayam said firing was the only option to protect the religious site (Babri mosque), reported IBN7.
Sixteen people were killed in the firing which took place on October 30, 1990. The BJP-backed VHP's Ram temple movement was at its peak at that time.
While addressing party workers at party headquarter here, Mulayam said when the then Leader of Opposition Atal Bihari Vajpayee had mentioned the incident in Parliament, he had replied that it was necessary to order firing.
"I would not have considered my decision, if more lives would have gone to save the religious place," he said, mentioning his replying in Parliament.
Mulayam added that he had resigned afterwards owing moral responsibility.
The politics over Ram Temple in Ayodhya has once again returned to the fore in view of upcoming elections in UP.