Future remains bleak for Joshi, Bharti and Advani and nine other accused
From being the face of the Hindutva brigade to now charged with criminal conspiracy, if found guilty, MM Joshi, Uma Bharti and LK Advani are likely to be looking at a rough ride ahead. The CBI court on Tuesday said that the investigation agency has sufficient evidence on record to charge them with criminal conspiracy, and set the next date for Wednesday.
Advani, 89, made his second appearance in the case in 25 years on Tuesday. The recent turn of events is likely to have impacted the senior BJP leader, who according to India Today, had refused to sign on the court documents but did so only after being convinced by his lawyers. Having been sidelined by the current BJP leadership by making him part of the inconsequential BJP Margdarshak Mandal, Advani may as well be looking headed for trouble.
As for Bharti, questions are being raised on whether Uma Bharti should step down considering charges are being framed. The BJP hasn't made any statement if she will or won't. In fact, BJP leader Subramanian Swamy was asked this during a live interaction on CNN-News18, he walked out.
Joshi, 83, was part of the triumvirate, which had guided the BJP in the 1990s, and one of key accused in the Babri demolition case. However, with Narendra Modi and Amit Shah at the helm of affairs for the BJP, Joshi like Advani has been sidelined as well. If found guilty, the Babri demolition case will make things even more difficult for the senior BJP leader.
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