Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Mayawati Wednesday alleged a Congress-Bharatiya
Janata Party (BJP) “conspiracy” behind what she termed as a
“systematic leakage” of the Liberhan Commission report that probed
the 1992 demolition of the Babri mosque.
“It was this very Congress-BJP secret nexus that led to the
demolition of the Babri Masjid and they are again active to play
their respective politics in the name of the Ayodhya issue”,
Mayawati told reporters here, a day after the Liberhan report was
tabled in parliament.
described the mosque razing as the “most unfortunate incident in
recent history, (one) that took the lives of hundreds of people
across the country”.
said: “It was amply evident that the Congress and BJP have been
taking political mileage out of the Ayodhya issue. After all, who
does not know that the doors of the Ayodhya shrine were unlocked and
the ’shilaniyas’ of the proposed temple was carried out under the
patronage of the Congress in the 1980s.”
pointed out that “even when the Babri Masjid was pulled down with a
BJP government sitting in Lucknow, Congress ruled New Delhi. What
happened on Dec 6, 1992 could have never happened without the active
connivance of the central government”.
Liberhan report, running into almost 1,000 pages, was tabled in both
houses of parliament Tuesday, a day after the Indian Express scooped
it. The government has denied leaking it to the media.
While blaming it all on the BJP and Congress, Mayawati did not spare
the Samajwadi Party either.
“What Samajwadi Party chief Mulayam Singh Yadav did was even worse
because it was he who provoked people on both sides with his
speeches,” she said.
also did not mince words in condemning the Liberhan Commission for
taking 17 long years to submit its report.
do not see any reason why the Commission should have taken so long
to submit its report. I also have reasons to see a design to shield
the Congress,” she said.
While accusing both the Congress and the BJP of never being “serious
in resolving the issue”, she said: “The Congress played a dubious
role even in the Mumbai riots that followed the Ayodhya mosque
demolition. It was a Congress government that dumped the Srikrishna
Commission report that had indicted many for the Mumbai riots.
would not rule out the same fate for Liberhan Commission report.”
chief minister directed the principal home secretary and the
director general of police to visit all communally sensitive places
in the state and keep the security forces in readiness to overcome
any communal trouble that might arise on account of the Liberhan
“Anyone inciting any communal trouble would be dealt with most
severely,” she stressed.