New Delhi: Senior Congress leader Mani Shankar Aiyar on Monday spoke on the politically-sensitive issue of Ram temple and the demolition of Babri Masjid.
Terming the December 6, 1992 tragedy as “murder of the Constitution”, Aiyar targeted his own party saying that the then Congress government could have stopped the Babri Masjid demolition.
“I’m from the Congress and we did a mistake. (The then Prime Minister PV) Narasimha Rao didn’t take the right steps at the right time and a mistake happened,” he reportedly said at the ‘Ek Shaam Babri Masjid Ke Naam’ programme organised by Social Democratic Party of India in New Delhi.
The mosque was demolished on December 6, 1992 by ‘karsevaks’ who had converged as part of a movement by the BJP and Hindu outfits for construction of a temple dedicated to Lord Ram at the disputed site.
Talking about the construction of Ram temple in Ayodhya, Aiyar said those who want a mandir can make one but “how can they say ‘mandir wahin banayenge’.”
“King Dasharatha had many rooms in his house. The legend says there were 1,000 rooms in his palace. How are they sure that Lord Ram was born where,” added Aiyar.
Aiyar went to liken the Babri Masjid demolition with Mahatma Gandhi’s assassination and questioned the safety of Muslims in the country.
The Supreme Court Friday said an “appropriate bench” on January 10 will fix the date of hearing in the Ram Janmabhoomi-Babri Masjid land title dispute case. A three-member bench is to be set up for hearing the matter on a batch of petitions.
Aiyar, who has courted many controversies with his inapt remarks, was suspended from the primary membership of the Congress for his unsuitable remarks against Prime Minister Narendra Modi in December 2017. He, however, was later reinducted into the party in August 2018.