Hours before Babri hearing: BJP leaders make beeline to meet L K Advani

Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) senior functionary Krishna Gopal also met him at the VVIP guesthouse where the latter stayed for a few hours.

Written by Lalmani Verma | Lucknow | Published: May 31, 2017 6:17 am
Babri masjid demolition, babri masjid, RSS, Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh, L K Advani, Murli Manohar Joshi, Uma Bharti, indian express news  L K Advani (File Photo)

On his arrival in Lucknow to appear before a special court in the Babri demolition case, BJP veteran L K Advani was greeted by Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, his ministers and other party leaders on Tuesday morning. Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) senior functionary Krishna Gopal also met him at the VVIP guesthouse where the latter stayed for a few hours.

Sources said Gopal had reached the state capital on Tuesday morning to keep a close watch on the happenings related to the case. Deputy Chief Minister Keshav Prasad Maurya, Cabinet ministers Surya Pratap Shahi and Ashutosh Tandon, BJP state general secretary Sunil Bansal and with other leaders and MLAs received Advani at the Lucknow airport.

Adityanath directly reached the VVIP guest house at 10.45 am to receive the senior leader who reached there around 11.10 am. The CM welcomed Advani at the entrance and both entered the guesthouse lounge where they were joined by senior leader Murli Manohar Joshi, Union Minister Uma Bharti, Vinay Katiyar, VHP leaders Ramvilas Vedanti, Dharmdas and Sadhvi Rithambara. All the leaders were seen going through documents related to the case and discussing them. After 12 pm, Advani and other leaders named in the case left for court. Leaders of Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) and its youth wing Bajrang Dal too were present at the VVIP guest house and outside the special court to welcome these leaders.

“Advani and Joshi reached Lucknow today for the court case. Such a welcome by CM and other BJP leaders gives a positive message that party was standing with leaders of the Ram temple movement and is concerned about the promise related to building the temple,” said a VHP leader. CM to visit Ayodhya Adityanath will be visiting Ayodhya on Wednesday, where he is scheduled to attend the birth anniversary programme of Ram Janmabhoomi Nyas head Mahanat Nritya Gopal Das, one of the accused against whom charges were framed in Babri demolition case on Tuesday.

The CM will also visit Hanumangarhi, a makeshift Ram temple and ‘Ram ki Paidi’. He will hold a meeting with BJP’s office bearers in the auditorium of Awadh University, where he will further hold a review meeting of the development works and law and order in Faizabad division with government officials. Later, he is scheduled to visit Digambar Akhara.

On Thursday, a two-day meeting of VHP’s Kendriya Margdarshk Mandal is set to begin in Hardiwar where more than 200 saints will hold a special review on the progress of stone-carving being done in a workshop in Ayodhya for construction of the Ram temple as per a proposed design decided by the BJP. VHP spokesperson Sharad Sharma said that the ‘marhdarshak mandal’ will also discuss the current status of the Ram Janmabhoomi matter, ongoing related cases pending in Supreme Court and special CBI court in Lucknow, apart from issues like “Islamic” terrorism and protection of temples.

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  1. V
    May 31, 2017 at 12:13 pm
    Refer to Kaml Pasha response that Advani to be sent to stan (as he was born there) and seek from him to know if Soniaji is to be found guilty in charges being faced, whether he would Seek deportation of Soniaji to Italy.
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      Kamal Pasha
      May 31, 2017 at 11:36 am
      All the culprits of demolition of Babri Masjid are leftovers. Send Advani to stan as he was born there, to give company to Yadhav,
      1. Srinivasan N. Iyer
        May 31, 2017 at 8:57 am
        This is a shrewd game pla by Modi and Amit Shah who have in every way made Advani and Joshi redundant to the party. Margdarshis is a clever way to keep them out of any decision making process. They can yet play their trump card- CBI - to ensure that the case against them doesn't succeed.
        1. N
          May 31, 2017 at 8:02 am
          our 'great' opposition politicians made of Italian origin and their butt-lickers make such a big issue of demolition of just one mosque of muslims by Hindus. HOW ABOUT 1000s AND 1000s OF HINDU TEMPLES DEMOLISHED BY INVADERS FROM TURKEY LIKE GHAZNI MOHAMMED WHO ORDERED BURNING OF MAJOR HINDU TEMPLES AND DESTROY THEM TILL THE DAYS OF TIPPU SULTAN OF PRESENT DAY KARNATKA WHO DESTRO 1000s TEMPLES? ARE THEY NOT CRIMES? The Italians should answer this first before blaming Advaniji or Joshji.
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            asfar faridy
            May 31, 2017 at 7:59 am
            It is Babri Masjid demolition case, not the Babri demolition case. If I am wrong, please correct me.
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