Babri mosque: Former MP Ram Vilas Vedanti says he and not Advani asked for demolition of shrine

Vedanti said he, Mahant Avaidyanath, also a former BJP MP, and VHP leader Ashok Singhal exhorted the karsevaks to raze the disputed structure.

PTI April 21, 2017 22:42:22 IST
Babri mosque: Former MP Ram Vilas Vedanti says he and not Advani asked for demolition of shrine

Faizabad/New Delhi: Ram Vilas Vedanti, a former BJP MP and an accused in the Babri mosque demolition case, on Friday claimed it was he and not the BJP patriarch LK Advani who incited the frenzied karsevaks to pull down the disputed shrine.

Babri mosque Former MP Ram Vilas Vedanti says he and not Advani asked for demolition of shrine

Babri Masjid was demolished on 6 December, 1992. AFP

"I demolished and got demolished the disputed structure, the ruin that stood there. The accusations against LK Advani, Murli Manohar Joshi and Rajmata Vijayaraje Scindia are wrong," he said.

Vedanti's remarks came two days after the Supreme Court resurrected the conspiracy charge against Advani, Joshi and Union Minister Uma Bharti in the Babri Masjid demolition case.

Vedanti said, in fact, Advani, Joshi and Scindia even took the microphone from him and tried to persuade the
karsevaks to come down from atop the structure and leave. They even made the plea in English, he later told a TV news channel.

Vedanti said he, Mahant Avaidyanath, also a former BJP MP, and VHP leader Ashok Singhal exhorted the karsevaks to raze the disputed structure. Both Avaidyanath and Singhal are now dead.

He told India Today TV channel he was prepared to be "hanged" for the cause of Ram temple.

When asked was his claim an effort by him to "derail" the trial against BJP veterans, Vedanti said," I have spoken about this earlier too."

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