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February 4, 2009

Kalyan Singh's U-turn on Babri Masjid demolition

Kalyan Singh's U-turn is aimed at placating the Muslims who are still angry with him for his role in the demolition of the ancient Babri mosque at Ayodhya in 1992.

Singh today said that he had taken moral responsibility for the demolition of the mosque which had occurred when he was chief minister of BJP government in Uttar Pradesh.

Kalyan Singh had resigned and was sentenced to a symbolic imprisonment of one day. The statement comes in wake of the heightened schism in Samajwadi Party over its alliance with the Lodh leader.

He further said that his decision was a political friendship with SP and not a formal alliance. "My aim is to eradicate BJP from UP", said Kalyan. He said that under his rule, there was no injustice and Muslims were given equal treatment.

Meanwhile, SP supremo Mulayam Singh Yadav said that his party doesn't need any certificate on secularism. He was reacting to Congress leaders' veiled attack on party for the understanding with Kalyan Singh.

Earlier, Mulayam had also met Muslim leaders who appeared satisfied with the SP chief's explanation and the circumstances that have prompted him to hold Kalyan Singh's hand.

TIH Bureau

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