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April 21, 2009

Paswan supports Lalu's stand on Babri demolition

The Lok Janshakti Party (LJP) chief Ramvilas Paswan has supported his coalition partner Lalu Yadav, who had recently blamed Congress for the demolition of Babri Masjid.

Paswan said that Congress could have stopped the demolition of the mosque at Ayodhya in 1992. However, the then Union government didn't act and allowed the structure to be razed.

The statement adds to increasing pressure on Congress which is trying hard to bring back the minorities back into its fold. RJD chief Lalu Prasad Yadav, who headed the portfolio of Railway ministry in the UPA government, had made the charge recently.

Yadav's statement was countered by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh who said that it was the BJP's state government that had let the mosque destroyed. However, Congress leaders may find it tough to explain its party's role in the demolition.

In Bihar, Congress is fighting the election without its long term allies, specially the Rashtriya Janata Dal. The party is aiming to get back its old vote bank that included Muslims, Dalits and Backwards.

With the demolition of mosque again becoming an election issue, Congress leaders have now tried to counter attack with the demand to investigate the role of Lalu Yadav in the Bhagalpur riots.

TIH Bureau

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