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Rao aides dismiss criticism on Babri mosque demolition

Two officials,who worked closely with former prime minister P V Narasimha Rao,on Sunday dismissed charges that he remained incommunicado and did not take any action to prevent Babri mosque demolition.

Two officials,who worked closely with former prime minister P V Narasimha Rao,on Sunday dismissed charges that he remained incommunicado and did not take any action to prevent Babri mosque demolition. The then media advisor to Rao,P V R K Prasad,and the then law secretary,P C Rao,were speaking at a ‘Meet the Press’ organised here.

The two yet-to-be published books — one an autobiography by the late Arjun Singh and the other by journalist Kuldip Nayyar — have alleged that Rao was “incommunicado” and “remained inside his puja room when the mosque was being demolished”.

Recalling the sequence of events on December 6,1992,Prasad said it is “absurd” to say that Rao was incommunicado and termed the remarks as “ridiculous” and a “cock and bull story”.

“Arjun Singh was away about 300-400 miles as he himself has written. Arjun Singh has written that he has contacted the PM’s residence and they said that the PM is incommunicado…Arjun Singh knew all senior officers. He never mentioned whom he contacted…,” Prasad said.

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Rao held meetings with top officials and monitored the situation on the fateful day,he said. P C Rao gave a list of officers who were present at the meetings,including the then home minister Shankar Rao Chavan,principal secretary to the PM A N Verma,special officer on Ayodhya issue Naresh Chandra,cabinet secretary Rajagopal,home secretary Madhav Godbole,IB director Vaidya,and himself.

Referring to Nayyar’s comments in his book,Beyond the Lines,that Rao was in puja room on the day,Prasad said it was far from truth. “P V Narasimha Rao is not Lord Krishna to be doing puja inside the puja room and still be present in the Cabinet meeting doing all these things along with all these people at the same time,” he said.