Babri demolition sting an attempt to inject poison in peaceful election atmosphere: BJP

Sting by Cobrapost has alleged that the Babri Masjid demolition was pre-planned and executed deliberately.

New Delhi | Updated: April 4, 2014 12:36 pm

The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has reacted angrily to the sting operation by Cobrapost on the Babri Masjid demolition, urging the Election Commission to issue an order against its broadcast.

Addressing a press conference in the national capital on Friday, senior BJP leader Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi questioned the timing of the sting. The BJP termed the sting as politically motivated and alleged that it was a meticulously planned operation to polarise the Lok Sabha elections.

The BJP alleged that it was “sponsored”, accusing Congress of using “pawns” to vitiate the atmosphere before elections and asked the Election Commission to stop its publication and telecast.

Writing to the Election Commission shortly before Cobrapost was to hold a press conference here, BJP sought a bar on its contents being made public.

BJP spokesperson Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi said reports had appeared in papers today about a sting operation related to the sensitive Babri masjid-Ram Janambhoomi dispute.

Through this “sponsored sting operation”, there is an attempt to inject poison in the peaceful and amicable election atmosphere in the country, he said.

“We had in the morning spoken to Election Commission and also written a letter that an NGO named Cobrapost in the name of a sting operation is planning to show a sponsored sting on the sensitive Ram Janambhoomi-Babri masjid issue….Its telecast and publication should be immediately barred,” he added.

He said the party had asked the EC to take action “against whoever is behind such a mischievous conspiracy.”

Accusing the Congress of propagating communalism, Naqvi said that the party has lost the battle on ground and was now trying to use pawns to spoil the atmosphere ahead of election.

When asked to comment about the content of the sting operation, Naqvi said its timing raises questions.

“The timing is more important than content and raises questions as the election is at its peak and the atmosphere is friendly and peaceful. The election is being contested on the issue of Congress’ misgovernance. The people have rejected the secular versus communal plank on which Congress contests and real issues are being raised. Naturally those who contested on non-issues are upset,” he said.

The sting by Cobrapost has alleged that the Babri Masjid demolition was pre-planned and executed deliberately. It said that the demolition was planned by the VHP and the Shiv Sena. It further said that senior BJP leaders, including L K Advani and Murli Manohar Joshi, knew about the demolition in advance.

According to the sting, oath was taken to demolish the structure in the presence of Advani and MM Joshi. It says that on December 5, 1992, the then UP chief minister Kalyan Singh was informed about the plan.

Reacting to the sting, the VHP has dismissed the claim that the demolition was pre-planned. He asserted that the act was spontaneous.

RJD president Lalu Prasad Yadav also reacted to the sting, saying everyone already knew about what’s said in the sting.

(WITH PTI INPUTS)

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    Arun
    Apr 4, 2014 at 6:32 am
    The truth always hurts if the action was wrong.
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    justsaying
    Apr 4, 2014 at 10:10 am
    The timing is more important than content no Mr Nautanki content is also very very important it shows the mindset of BJP that it is just putting up mask showing they are not bias towards particular community. it tears into true face behind that mask and void the claim that mob went out of hand, proves it was deliberate planned act against Muslims , all these leaders to be put behind bars RSS ramsena bajrang dal need to be banned immediately and fare justice to be delivered
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    kk
    Apr 4, 2014 at 9:24 am
    Cobra Post and anti-BJP forces are by mistake taking a wrong road in quest of a movement against Modi and BJP. Remember, BJP raced to power only after 1992. If BJP had taken the Babri issue, they would have been alleged for raking up the Mandir issue, but some what ill-advised Modi baiters have opened the wound ( see even Narasimha Rao was aware of it according to Cobra) and gave mileage to BJP. Let us again discuss it after 22 years. No body is interested in these issues as development, corruption, security to women/children, national security, (un)employment etc are the worries of today.
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    Paramjit Singh
    Apr 4, 2014 at 10:22 pm
    BJP is forgetting that this very "Babri Poison" was Manufactured by BJP itself in 1992. Why they are so afraid of Tasting it now. Its never too late to taste & see its Lethal Electoral effect in 2014. So shall you reap whatever you sow. Take care in future . God always gives another chance, provided you are sincere .
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    Rajiv Tyagi
    Apr 4, 2014 at 9:29 am
    The BJP has complained to the Election Commission to stop telecast of Cobrapost's sting? But why should it be stopped? Are we voters not to know what a political party is capable of doing? In the absence of even a manifesto, how are we the voters of this nation to know how cynically or positively a political party views us, the aam janta?I certainly am absolutely against anyone stopping dissemination of any information about any party's activities, past or present.
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    Raj
    Apr 4, 2014 at 7:14 am
    More than political, such string operations giving half truths will lead to religious division and will lead to communal riots. Though it is purperted to polarise muslims votes towards congress it wil damage further the social harmony in various states.
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