Don't regret ordering firing that killed 16 karsevaks trying to build Ram mandir, says Mulayam

Earlier in January, Mulayam had said that he 'felt sad' about having ordered firing on karsewaks in Ayodhya but it was necessary to save the religious place.

PTI August 28, 2016 14:16:14 IST
Don't regret ordering firing that killed 16 karsevaks trying to build Ram mandir, says Mulayam

Lucknow: Defending his decision to order firing on karsevaks in Ayodhya, SP supremo Mulayam Singh Yadav on Saturday said to preserve the unity and integrity of the country even the death of 30 persons would not have perturbed him.

Mulayam said when he tried to justify his action, BJP termed him as the "murderer of humanity" but asked how would he have upheld his position as the chief minister had he not ordered firing on the karsevaks insisting on building a Ram temple at the disputed site.

Dont regret ordering firing that killed 16 karsevaks trying to build Ram mandir says Mulayam

Mulayam Singh Yadav. AFP.

Speaking at a book release function, he also asked had he not ordered firing "what would have the Muslim population thought".

Sixteen karsavaks were killed in police firing in 1990 when the Ram temple movement was at its peak.

On the VHP's call, a lakh of karsevaks from across the country had assembled in Ayodhya for the construction of a temple at the disputed Ram Janambhoomi-Babri mosque site.

Mulayam said wherever he went after the Ayodhya incident, he was always attacked with stones and some even fired at him.

Earlier in January, Mulayam had said that he "felt sad" about having ordered firing on karsewaks in Ayodhya but it was necessary to save the religious place.

Updated Date:

also read

10 new terms in the glossary of Indian ‘liberals’ which you must know
India

10 new terms in the glossary of Indian ‘liberals’ which you must know

These new terms are being dropped like birthday toffees by columnists, social media influencers and assorted jihad sympathisers and the anti-India cabal

Will never allow Talibanisation mindset to surface in India: Ajmer Dargah chief on Udaipur tailor's murder
India

Will never allow Talibanisation mindset to surface in India: Ajmer Dargah chief on Udaipur tailor's murder

Two men with a cleaver killed tailor Kanhaiya Lal in Udaipur and posted videos online that said they are avenging an insult to Islam

UP bypolls: Akhilesh's 'indifference', cracks in Muslim-Yadav voter base may have led to SP's defeat in bastions
Politics

UP bypolls: Akhilesh's 'indifference', cracks in Muslim-Yadav voter base may have led to SP's defeat in bastions

Although the SP attributed its defeat to the misuse of official machinery, the saffron party might have made a dent in the SP's Muslim voter base by playing up its development agenda.