Congress said Thursday that a court verdict or comprehensive
settlement accepted by all stake-holders were the only possible
solutions to the Ayodhya dispute.
Answering a questions on the promise of the then prime minister
Narasimha Rao's government to rebuild the Babri Mosque following its
demolition Dec 6, 1992, party spokesman Abhishek Manu Singhvi said
the party "did not want the remedy to be worse than the disease".
court verdict or a comprehensive settlement was acceptable to the
party as solutions to the dispute, he said.
Answering questions on the purported clean chit given to the Rao
government in the Liberhan Commission report, he said the then Uttar
Pradesh chief minister Kalyan Singh had misled even the Supreme
Court on the issue.
the first time in the history of independent India, a chief minister
faced punishment for contempt of court," he said.
said that allegations against the Narasimha Rao government were
being levelled mainly by those who were present at the site when the
mosque was razed.
Answering queries about some Congress leaders having accused
Narasimha Rao of not having done enough to prevent demolition, he
said that all those remarks were in the public domain.
However, he refused to say if Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit
had then written a letter to Rao, accusing him of being
hand-in-glove with those behind the mosque's demolition.
Samajwadi Party said Thursday that it was in possession of Dikshit's
Rahul Gandhi's remarks, made in 2007, that a person from his family
would have prevented demolition of the mosque, Singhvi said these
reflected his anguish and pain at the demolition.
also termed as "laughable" Samajwadi Party's remarks that Prime
Minister Manmohan Singh had paid "guru-dakshina (disciple's offering
to the teacher)" to his mentor Narasimha Rao as the Liberhan
Commission had given Rao "a clean chit" while fixing responsibility
for Babri Mosque demolition.