With Lok Sabha elections getting closer and the Kalyan Singh issue refusing to die down,Samajwadi Party chief Mulayam Singh Yadav said on Friday that he holds Kalyan Singh responsible for the demolition of the Babri masjid in Ayodhya.
Simultaneously,Kalyan Singh issued a statement in Aligarh,saying: Now I want to step into the politics of secularism. The demolition of the Babri mosque was the biggest mistake that happened during my regime in the state on December 6,1992. I had resigned from the post then due to the incident and am apologising to the people again.
This is the first time Mulayam Singh has made such a categorical statement holding Kalyan Singh responsible for the demolition.
In the past,he had only spoken of Kalyan Singhs moral responsibility as the chief minister at the time,pointing out that the actual demolition was carried out by the RSS and the Shiv Sena.
Mulayams friendship with Kalyan has attracted much flak,particularly from Muslims,ever since the BJP leaders son Rajveer joined the SP on January 21. Mulayam has held several meetings with Muslim clerics and visited the Darul Uloom,Deoband,but the issue has refused to die down.
SP general secretary Azam Khan has refused to accept the party explanation that joining hands with Kalyan Singh was necessary to defeat the BJP and prevent LK Advani from becoming the prime minister.
He has repeatedly asked Mulayam Singh to clarify whether Kalyan Singh was responsible for demolition of the Babri Masjid or not.
On Friday,Mulayam Singh said: Some people are raking up the issue,saying that I have given a clean chit to Kalyan Singh in Babri demolition case. I never gave him a clean chit,I have already said that Kalyan Singh is responsible for the demolition of the mosque. Moreover,Kalyan Singh himself said that as the then chief minister he had owned moral responsibility for the demolition and had resigned from his post.
I request the media with folded hands to help me clarify my position, he said. He however,added that Kalyan was a friend and no one could ask him to snap ties with him.
Yadav said he had no differences with Azam Khan and had even talked to him on telephone in the afternoon.