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Babri Masjid case: Congress demands resignation, Uma Bharti denies

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New Delhi, April 19: While Congress demanded resignation of Union Minister Uma Bharti and Kalyan Singh on moral grounds after the Supreme Court restored CBI’s conspiracy charges on top BJP leaders for demonlition of Babri Masjid, the minister denied the possibility for the same.

Rejecting the responsibility for the riots after the Babri demolition which took a toll on at least 2000 people, Bharti said, “Party which was behind Emergency and 1984 riots has no right to demand my resignation.”

Union Minister Uma Bharti said, “I am not resigning. There was no conspiracy. It was openly conducted act. For Ayidhya, Gangam and National Flag I am ready to bear any punishment.” (Ayodhya ke liye, Ganga ke liye aur Tirange ke liye main koi bhi saza bhugatne ko taiyyar hoon; Koi saazish nahi thi, sab khullam-khulla tha. Mann mein aisa kuch nahi tha)

The Minister also declared that she is heading to Ayodhya tonight to express her feelings to Lord Rama.

The opposition parties on the other hand welcomed the Supreme Court’s decision to restore the conspiracy charges against 13 BJP leaders including L.K. Advani, Murli Manohar Joshi and Uma Bharti.

Senior Congress leader Kapil Sibal said, “the Supreme Court has spoken what the truth is. Let justice be done and the guilty be punished.”

The Congress also urged Prime Minister Narendra Modi to ensure that his ministers maintained a “high standard of morality”. Uma Bharti is the Minister for Water Resources in the Modi Cabinet.
“The law is equal for everyone irrespective of stature, caste, creed, religion or region,” he said 

Sibal said it is a substantial step forward in the cause of justice. Today verdict, means the majesty of law has been upheld, I am happy about that.

Congress leader Pramod Tiwari hailed the SC’s order and said it was too late when the court passed out the ruling but all conspiracies of BJP failed today. He also said those holding constitutional positions must offer their resignations.

“I salute the Supreme Court. Although the decision came late, it was expected. The BJP tried a lot so that justice is not delivered. It is said that justice delayed is justice denied. All the tactics of the BJP has failed,” he added.

Echoing similar sentiments, Nationalist Congress Party’s Nawab Malik said Union Water Resources and River Development Minister Uma Bharti should be immediately sacked from her position by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.  

Being a conspirator in the matter, it becomes the responsibility of PM to do so, he added while saying, “It also becomes the responsibility of Kalyan Singh to resign from his post.

Read More: Advani, Uma, MM Joshi to face criminal conspiracy charges in Babri Masjid case
Read More: Babri Masjid demolition: After SC ruling, Advani out of presidential race

In 1992, Singh was then chief minister of Uttar Pradesh when the demolition took place.

The Indian Union Muslim League (IUML) also welcomed the Supreme Court decision and demanded resignation of Kalyan Singh and Uma Bharti.

Sena however cited double standards of BJP and said if the trial is to take place how would Ram temple build. Sena asked BJP to oppose the chargesheet by CBI.

Others who will face criminal conspiracy charges are Vinay Katiyar, Sadhvi Ritambara, Satish Pradhan, Champat Rai Bansal. The late Giriraj Kishore is also among the names in the original chargesheet.

Meanwhile BJP spokesperson Sambit Patra said Supreme Court has given the verdict. Party would study the verdict in detail.

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AAP leader joins SAD ahead of Shahkot bypoll

Welcoming Walia into the party fold, SAD president Sukhbir Singh Badal said the youth leader had made a name for himself in a short period of time and would be an asset for the SAD in Jalandhar district.

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Jalandhar, May 20 : In a jolt to the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP), its leader from Doaba region H S Walia today joined the Shiromani Akali Dal along with his supporters ahead of the Shahkot bypoll scheduled to be held on May 28.

Walia said he was joining the SAD due to its “pro-people” policies as well as the party’s desire to take all sections of society with it.

“I earlier joined AAP because it professed idealism. However I slowly realised that the party had become thoroughly corrupt and was not concerned about Punjabis and their problems. Moreover, AAP is being run from Delhi by Arvind Kejriwal who does not give any weightage to the local leadership,” Walia alleged.

Welcoming Walia into the party fold, SAD president Sukhbir Singh Badal said the youth leader had made a name for himself in a short period of time and would be an asset for the SAD in Jalandhar district.

Walia would be duly adjusted in the party organisation and would be given important duties, he was quoted as saying in a release.

The SAD president said the manner in which both the Congress and the AAP leaders were joining the SAD was indicative of the functioning of the Congress government as well as complete disillusionment with the Aam Aadmi Party.

Badal said political leaders usually changed parties towards the fag end of any government’s tenure, but presently leaders were “leaving the Congress in droves” because the party had “lost all appeal among the masses” after reneging on promises made to the people.

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Floor test within 24 hours after swearing in : Kumaraswamy

Senior congress leader and AICC spokesperson Gulam Nabi Azad had indicated that the alliance with the JD(S) would continue in the 2019 lok sabha elections and beyond.

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Bengaluru, May20 : Janta Dal (Secualr) leader and Chief Minister designate H D Kumaraswamy on Sunday indicated that he woul prove his majority on the floor of the house within 24 hours after swearing in. Mr Kumaraswamy would be sworn in by Governor Vajubhai Vala on May 23 at the Sri Kanteerava Stadium.

He had invited senior Party leader, including Chief Ministers of West Bengal, Telangana and Andhra Pradesh besides BSP supremo Mayawati for the swearing in. He will be visiting New Delhi to personally meet Congress President Rahul Gandhi and UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi to invite them to participate in the swearing in ceremony. He would also be discussing about the formation of the new ministry in alliance with the Congress. The congress which had won 78 seats had extended support to Mr Kumaraswamy to form the Government.

He had been invited to form the government after former Chief Minister B S Yeddyurappa tendered his resignation without pressing for the vote of confidence in the newly constituted State Assembly on Saturday as he could not muster additional votes to prove his majority. The party which had won 104 seats was seven votes short to prove the majority.

Mr Kumaraswamy held discussions with the senior Congress leaders last night about the modalities for the formation of the Government. He had also called upon his father and former Prime Minister H D Devegowda at his residence this morning to seek his blessings and also about the formation of the new government.

Mr Kumaraswamy would also be visiting the famous vaishnavite pilgrimage centre Sri Ranganatha temple in Srirangam, located on an island of the river Cauvery to seeking his blessings. His brother and former Minister H D Revanna would accompany him. On his return he would hod a meeting with the party legislators.

Senior congress leader and AICC spokesperson Gulam Nabi Azad had indicated that the alliance with the JD(S) would continue in the 2019 lok sabha elections and beyond.

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Kumaraswamy to be sworn in as chief minister on Wednesday

HD Kumaraswamy, the JD(S) CM candidate will be sworn in as next chief minister of Karnataka on Monday morning. West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, Mayawati, Rahul Gandhi and Sonia Gandhi have been invited.

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This paved the way for JD (S)’ H D Kumaraswamy to be sworn in as chief minister and for the hastily-formed Congress-JDS alliance to form the government. Kumaraswamy’s oath ceremony was initially slated for Monday (between 12 noon and 1.05pm, apparently on the advice of his father Deve Gowda’s astrologer). However, he later deferred it to Wednesday as May 21 is the death anniversary of Rajiv Gandhi.

Earlier, Yeddyurappa resigns as the chief minister of Karnataka. Congress president Rahul Gandhi says BJP MLAs disrespected the National Anthem and walked out of the Assembly after Yeddyurappa stepped back. JD(S) leader HD Kumaraswamy will meet with the Governor of Karnakata Vajubhai Vala at 7.30 pm. The duo will meet to stake claim for forming the government. Ahead of Karnataka floor test on Saturday, Congress had accused the newly-elected Karnataka chief minister BS Yeddyurappa of bribing one of its MLAs.

The grand old party shared an audio clip of the alleged conversation between the two leaders on Twitter. This was followed by the allegation that two of its missing MLAs – Anand Singh and Pratap Gouda have been kept at the Goldfinch Hotel which is just 1 km away from the state Assembly.

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