The plaques read: “Indira Gandhi, the then prime minister, in a self-styled dictatorial manner, ordered the Operation Blue Star
, “Since the matter is sub-judice before the Supreme Court, we will inform the State government regarding the observations made by the Law Ministry,” said a senior government official.
Rajiv Gandhi, who was the sixth Prime Minister of India, was assassinated on May 21, 1991 at Sriperumbudur in Tamil Nadu during a poll campaign.
The matter is due to be heard in the apex court in the next few days.
Subramanian Swamy said Rajiv Gandhi had started “upholding the concept of Ram Rajya” but things changed after his untimely demise.
Rai said he had convinced his parents to set apart five kathas (6,805 sq ft) land in his village of Katharai in Buxar for the temple. He got pamphlets printed for the bhoomi pujan on March 22.
“I request the Centre to take steps for the release of the convicts or the state government should issue orders under Article 161 (of the Constitution of India),” said Karunanidhi.
A day after Rahul Gandhi hit out at the Modi government, Prime Minister Modi hit right back, invoking Congress leaders Rajiv Gandhi and Indira Gandhi.
President Pranab Mukherjee admitted to “have sensed Rajiv’ Gandhi’s growing unhappiness and hostility” of those around him before he was ousted from his Cabinet.
He also said that former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi had extended his support for the construction of the temple.
Nalini was sentenced to death by the trial court in the case on January 28, 1998. Her sentence was commuted to life term by the Tamil Nadu Governor on April 24, 2000.
The statue — wrapped in the tricolor by local Congress leaders — was taken away by the administration to the district secretariat complex.
The judgment is a setback to J Jayalalithaa’s government in Tamil Nadu which had in February 2014 decided to release all the seven convicts in the case.
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