Kalyan Singh had said in an interview that he had “no remorse, no repentance, no sorrow and no grief” over the demolition of Babri Masjid in regime.
By The Newster
Former Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh, Kalyan Singh passed away in Lucknow after prolonged illness. In July, his condition deteriorated and he was admitted to a hospital in Lucknow. He was 89.
Singh was BJP’s first chief minster in Uttar Pradesh when the Hindutva party won the UP-assembly election in 1991 following the Ram Rath Yatra in support of building Ram Temple in Ayodhya headed by Lal Krishna Advani and Murli Manohar Joshi. The Yatra gave BJP a massive impetus at state and national politics.
Under his regime, the Uttar Pradesh government acquired a 2.77 acres land adjacent to Babri Masjid in Ayodhya. At that time, the government said that the land was bought to build tourist facility but it allowed permission to Hindus to conduct religious gathering.
On December 6, 1992 the Babri Masjid was demolished by more than 1,50,000 miscreants from the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh, BJP, Shivsena and Vishwa Hindu Parishad. BJP’s national leaders such as LK Advani, Murli Manohar Joshi and Uma Bharti were also present at the riot site.
Following the demolition, riot like situation developed across the nation and Kalyan Singh had to resigned from his post in the fallout of Babri Masjid demolition. The central government at that time had ended the Uttar Pradesh assembly and imposed president rule in the state.
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The demolition of Babri Mosque sullied Kalyan Singh’s his administrative image as he failed to protect the mosque even after giving written affidavit to the Supreme Court promising that the Mosque will not be harmed and the Rath Yatra would be symbolic.
Moreover, Kalyan had said in an interview that he had “no remorse, no repentance, no sorrow and no grief” over the demolition of Babri Masjid in regime.
“I don’t think whatever happened that day was a shame. In fact, the structure was a shame for all of us. Good that it is gone now. Not that I planned to demolish it, but I don’t regret its demolition either.”Kalyan Singh said in an interview to the Frontline in 2009
The demolition of Babri Masjid, overtly and covertly benefitted gasping Bhartiya Janta Party and gave Kalyan Singh a powerful mileage that put him amongst the league of staunch nationalists. Kalyan Singh was started being seen as the face of Ram Temple movement in Uttar Pradesh.