Lucknow: BJP on Monday demanded an apology from Samajwadi Party supremo Mulayam Singh Yadav for having ordered firing on 'karsewaks' in Ayodhya in 1990 in which 16 people were killed, saying merely "feeling sad" would not console the families of those who died.
"The 'karsewaks' on whom the Mulayam government ordered firing were barehanded. In such a case, firing on them was a heinous crime," BJP spokesman Vijay Bahadur Pathak said in Lucknow.
He said that the firing was done at a time when it had already been announced that 'karsewa' was going to be symbolic.
About 25 years after the incident, the SP chief had on Sunday said he "felt sad" for having ordered firing on 'karsewaks' in Ayodhya in 1990 but it was done as it was necessary to save the religious place.
"Twenty-five years later he is feeling sad which will not suffice and end the suffering of those who lost their family members," Pathak said.
He demanded that the SP supremo should apologise to the family members of the 'karsewaks' who lost their loved ones in the incident.
Mulayam Singh Yadav, who was the then chief minister of Uttar Pradesh, had ordered firing on karsewaks in Ayodhya in 1990 in which 16 people were killed.
"I feel sad for firing on Karsewaks but it was necessary to save the religious place (Babri Mosque)," Yadav said while addressing party workers at party headquarters in Lucknow on occasion of birth anniversary of socialist leader Karpoori Thakur.
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.
"He would have not considered his decision, if more lives would have gone to save the religious place," he said, mentioning his reply in Parliament.