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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                      G k
                      Apr 20, 2017 at 1:39 pm
                      Bad decision by supreme court and only kills time of supreme Court and other court. Babari masjid was a life less structure having no life in it. Islam was not born in soil of India but on soil of Saudi Arabia and therefore babari was symbol of foreign ruler ruling India. Demolition of it marks the end of moghul ruling in India. All secular parties were using it for the sole purpose of Muslim appea t to get Muslim vote. On global scale Muslims are not minorities but having Islamic government in more than 57 countries of the world and have marvellous mosque in all these countries. A pathetic babari is not there it makes no difference. But if Ram mandir is there it makes a lot of difference to Hindus.
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                        bishal25.wordpress.com
                        Apr 20, 2017 at 2:39 pm
                        how ram mandir can make differnce to hindus..thus it reduce poverty and better human development index..... religion is waste to time.
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                          bangalorean
                          Apr 20, 2017 at 3:12 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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                          aravind
                          Apr 20, 2017 at 1:39 pm
                          Why has it taken such a long time? Why CBI, if case was framed in 2011, not act quickly to resolve the issue? Definitely, no national leaders would have allowed it, the way it looks, but some hooligans, by group, just pushed, even international sabotage is possible. Such issues simply play emotions and drag developmental agendas, so better later than never, to clear with and get along with life.
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                            kg
                            Apr 20, 2017 at 1:25 pm
                            CBI had taken the stand in 2011 and in court it could not retract it's own stand now.Government could also not do anything except to go slow.The judges get to see a case out of turn.PM did not need this to stop anyone becoming President, his position in party is as such that if he wants he can make his chaprasi as President, no one can question him.
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                              g
                              Apr 20, 2017 at 1:11 pm
                              According to IE: “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."" So, Sonia hi used the CBI for her benefit. By the same token there should be conspiracy charges against Sonia for Sikh riots. Sonia hi was with Rajiv hi’s at home when the 1984 Sikh riots was planned by Rajiv and Cong- means Sonia was part of conspiracy then.
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                                NPY Raman
                                Apr 20, 2017 at 12:53 pm
                                Modi should respect morality and propriety and ask Kalyan Singh to step down as Governor and face trial. Same should apply for the Sadhwi minister.
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                                  kg
                                  Apr 20, 2017 at 12:45 pm
                                  All this talk of sidelining old leader is nonsense, he is already not in any picture anyway, and PM has such a stronghold over the party that he can appoint ANYONE as PM? no one will dare to say a word.This line has been taken by opposition because they are afraid and they don't want to sing praise for courts because their number is next.Every party and sangh worker is hurt including PM and just wait and watch, in a few month's time how many opposition leaders, especially Congressi wil be standing in the court.
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                                    Sayed Maqsood Ahmed
                                    Apr 20, 2017 at 12:45 pm
                                    ac actually CBI did not act on its own, it was modi and amit shah who instructed them to not contest the allegations but to tell SC that there is a prima facie evidence against all those BJP leaders and religious leaders for their involvement in the destruction of babri masjid in order to get benefit on the following two important issues:- 1. to scuttle the chances of advani and joshi to become President of India and 2.; to gain time for 2 years so that modi and bjp can take advantages of this issue and also the Attorney General must have gave a hint to modi and amit shah that the babri masjid case in SC will go in favour of muslims parties and not in favour of Hindus parties, so if the judgement would have come now , then the chances of BJP coming back to power in 2019 would have been very weak. this is a dirty politics/. The above is my gut feeling and it will prove right at a certain time , wait and watch
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                                      Shabih Siddiqui
                                      Apr 20, 2017 at 12:43 pm
                                      It's good that we have a very generous at ude towards the elderly.Medical issues and VIP status will get graceful entry into 5 Star Hospitals These leaders have done their roles with exceptional zeal and amply rewarded their bosses.
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                                        Vinay J
                                        Apr 20, 2017 at 12:33 pm
                                        The current rulers did not wanted old leaders any more. They were used to reach to the current place, but they are of no use now. So, what happened is what was expected. Two targets from single arrow 1) Send old leaders to garrison 2) Present it as an uncompromising stance of government. Good steps by the clever party. Certainly, nobody will think why these uncompromising stances are taken when old leaders are at receiving end, and similar stance is never shown in cases against ruling leaders.
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                                          Raman Ravi
                                          Apr 20, 2017 at 12:21 pm
                                          Modi don't want advani as president of India. He managed a supreme court judgement to pour water on advani ambitions. Plain n simple. Kudos to Modi Saab
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                                            kg
                                            Apr 20, 2017 at 12:04 pm
                                            Muslim organisations are also silent because they know that if they start jumping up and down and hail SC verdict, soon the verdict on their triple and actual temple issue is coming and they are very likely to lose both.If now they say SC is great, just a few months down the line, how will they say things against SC.Congress planned all this way back when it was high on intoxication of power and made CBI FILE AFFIDAVIT IN 2011 IN SC and perused it aggressively until 2014, now it was actually hoping that SC will not take any decision it has taken.NOW Congressi are fearful.
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                                              kg
                                              Apr 20, 2017 at 11:56 am
                                              Opposition is silent, IN FEAR.This now opens floodgate for government to unleash it's powers.This is a bogus case conspired by the Congress with the then CBI, and then things went in their favor (one is bengali and one is parsi).Otherwise there is no merit in case.No one can prove any CONSPIRACY if if there was one, so many years ago.All this nonsense of sidelining of older leaders is just hoo haa,everyone in BJP and RSS is very hurt.They consider these leaders who built the party.believe it or not that is your choice.When Congress planned all this (in 2011 and before) they did not foresee 2014. Until now GOVT was working with old time POLITICAL UNDERSTANDING, you don't touch political rivals through criminal cases, that's why all these crooks were free.NOW Congress has hit at BJP's head, write it down, in few months from now, there will be huge actions and many will find themselves in the courts and in jail.THE WAR HAS JUST BEGUN.THAT'S WHY OPPOSITION IS SILENT out of fear.
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                                                g
                                                Apr 20, 2017 at 1:17 pm
                                                Well said! Like comment IE removed likes
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                                                  suni
                                                  Apr 20, 2017 at 5:29 pm
                                                  Good guess. Indian express has removed likes, as well it has censored letters pak from the name of a nation (everyone is writing stan instead Indian express has also no provision for editing comments.
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                                                  Sujatha Selvam
                                                  Apr 20, 2017 at 11:34 am
                                                  The moment Shri Narendra Modiji become Prime Minister, he systematically sidelined all the senior leaders like Advaniji, Murli Manoharji, Yashwanth Singhji, Jaswant Singhji. All these leaders were of highest quality in terms of administration and had excellent political experience. But, they were shown the gate very unceremonious manner.
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