Consensus in BJP core: Best if they stand trial, get acquitted

Many in the BJP expressed “surprise” that the CBI pushed its case against the veteran BJP leaders at a time when the party is ruling the Centre and Uttar Pradesh.

Written by Sheela Bhatt | Ahmedabad | Updated: April 20, 2017 7:10 am
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Within hours of the Supreme Court placing senior BJP leaders L K Advani, Murli Manohar Joshi and Union Minister Uma Bharti on a joint trial with ‘kar sevaks’ over the demolition of the Babri Masjid in Ayodhya in 1992, the BJP core committee met in New Delhi. It is learnt there was broad consensus that “the leaders should stand trial and get acquittal” from the court.

At least two persons familiar with what transpired at the meeting of the core committee — it was attended by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, BJP president Amit Shah and Union Ministers Rajnath Singh, Arun Jaitley, Sushma Swaraj, M Venkaiah Naidu and Nitin Gadkari — said that “the best course of action for BJP leaders is to stand trial and get acquittal.”

“The CBI stand — it went in appeal against the dropping of charges against the leaders — was formulated in 2011 when the UPA government was in power. The agency could not have taken a different stand now,” sources said. A party leader who has closely tracked the case said: “The CBI stand wasn’t changed in this case even when Advaniji was Deputy Prime Minister and Joshiji was Education Minister. In such cases, one has to get acquittal through court. The process cannot be reversed through CBI.”

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This was in response to murmurs in the party that the CBI should have taken a different stand. Many in the BJP expressed “surprise” that the agency pushed its case against the veteran leaders at a time when the party is ruling the Centre and Uttar Pradesh. Another party leader said he was confident that Advani and others would be acquitted, claiming “the charges cannot be proved… they were not part of any conspiracy, if there was one”.

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The leader conceded that the shifting of the case from Rae Bareli to Lucknow is to the “disadvantage” of the party veterans who have been named as accused. According to the leader, the Rae Bareli court proceedings were almost over and a judgment was expected later this year.

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The BJP core group also discussed the situation in Kashmir at its meeting. “Our view is that it’s a challenging situation but we will get it under control soon,” one of the leaders said. Another leader said: “If pus formation increases in any body part, do you allow the wound to fester or make an incision to remove the pus? Any cure gives pain. Security forces will continue to act against trouble makers.”

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    Innervoice
    Apr 21, 2017 at 4:09 am
    Mullaism is a religion of darkness, illitracy, as light and education wiil spread, barbarianinsm will eradicate.
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      Innervoice
      Apr 21, 2017 at 3:45 am
      Babar was an envader/prowler. Converted indian po tion to Islam forcefully. According to islam forceful conversion is Haram. Thus Babar was a , very clear. Anything named after such H ARAMI should be wiped out from Indian sub continent. Forcefully converted folks should revert back.
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        Innervoice
        Apr 21, 2017 at 3:43 am
        Babar was an envader/prowler. Converted indian po tion to Islam forcefully. According to islam forceful conversion is Haram. Thus Babar was a , very clear. Anything named after such should be wiped out from Indian sub continent. Forcefully converted folks should revert back.
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          hameed mohamed
          Apr 21, 2017 at 1:45 am
          Babri Majid case accused are so sure that they will get acquitted it clearly show the case was dela 25 years the case is dela this shows the justice have much influence by the polical party as it is well know that the rulin party have the control switch since they pick the judgest appointments and selection whom they feel favaourable it does not have seniority does it not show bias and also the case of criminal MP will take much long until the next election so that they can enjoy being MP once a person is elected they are boss of all justice and law and orders they can hit and slap person and they will not be punished even not even say a word from 500 please elected MPs and ministers and the PM or the President all keep closed eyes and closed ears and tight lip they are afraid to talk about these persons there are millions of pending cases wy there must be weekends summer holidays winter holidays to the courts why they are not staffed additional to handle the pending cases
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            Bharat
            Apr 20, 2017 at 9:57 pm
            All senior/old BJP leader should resign from the party in respect of Mr Advani !
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              Bharat
              Apr 20, 2017 at 9:55 pm
              Lesson Learnt: 'Bowoge Babul to aam nahi pharega' !
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                Rohan
                Apr 20, 2017 at 2:50 pm
                What if they get convicted which is highly likely??
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                  narayan kutty
                  Apr 20, 2017 at 2:46 pm
                  Some judges are over zealous and makes bad judgement. Every politicians knows there was a temple underneath the Mosque which was proved by ASI. Sickularists and Muslim fundamentalists willfully rake up the issue to help enemy treacherous stan.
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                    bangalorean
                    Apr 20, 2017 at 3:11 pm
                    Regardless of whether or not there was a temple, people cannot take the law into their hands. The charge still remains..
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                      hameed mohamed
                      Apr 21, 2017 at 1:51 am
                      if it is proved there was a temple then why not approach the court to get the order why demolise and then ask for is it not againt the law of the country
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