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)
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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.
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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.”
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.