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IUML welcomes Babri verdict, says Kalyan Singh, Uma Bharti must resign

IUML welcomes Babri verdict, says Kalyan Singh, Uma Bharti must resign

Mumbai: The NCP today welcomed the Supreme Court's ruling in the 1992 Babri Masjid demolition case and demanded that BJP leader and Union Minister Uma Bharti be sacked from the Cabinet.

The saffron sanyasan, known for her strident views on Hindutva, told a TV channel, "Mujhe faansi ho jaye, jail ho jaye, Ayodhya ke liye, Ganga ke liye, tirange ke liye, mai taiyaar hun (I'm ready to sacrifice my life, ready to go to jail for Ayodhya, the Ganga and the national flag)".

Senior party leader and Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad, however, asserted that his party highly respected its leaders - veterans L.K. Advani and Murli Manohar Joshi, along with Union Minister Uma Bharti and others - who are to be tried now.

During the day, she also met party chief Amit Shah at his house while BJP leader MM Joshi went to meet LK Advani at his residence after the court order. I will do whatever it takes to see the Ram temple constructed.

The minister added that she would campaign for the party in the Delhi civic polls and later visit Ayodhya.

Bharti said she was "proud, unapologetic and unrepentant" about her association with the Ram Janmabhoomi movement and was prepared to get "hanged or be jailed" on the issue of construction of a Ram temple at the disputed site in Ayodhya. "I will express my happiness and pride to Lord Ram for the honour I have been given", she had earlier said. Our demand is that Kalyan Singh, presently a Governor, should not cling on technicalities by speaking of immunity, and resign from that post and face the trial. In this (Ayodhya) case, the trial is yet to begin.

She also refuted any conspiracy behind the 1992 demolition of the Babri mosque.

With the Congress demanding Ms Bharti's resignation, she claimed that while Rajiv Gandhi was trying to "justify" the massacre of Sikhs during the 1984 anti-Sikh riots, Sonia Gandhi was with him. "Everything was open. The question of conspiracy does not arise", she said. This country is of cow, Ganga, Ram, tricolour.

The court also clubbed the trial in the matter pending against the leaders and "karsevaks" and ordered day-to-day trial with the proceedings to be completed in two years.