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Ayodhya verdict: Bharti, Kalyan Singh should quit from posts,

Kapil Sibal Kapil Sibal
Melinda Barton | 20 April, 2017, 06:01

Union Minister Uma Bharti, who had announced a visit to Ayodhya to offer prayers to Ram Lala, cancelled her programme on Wednesday after the Supreme Court revived the conspiracy charge against her in the 1992 Babri Masjid demolition case. "I am ready to face whatever punishment it takes for the construction of a temple at Ayodhya or be it on the issue of cleaning of the Ganga, the tricolour or cow".

"For me Ayodhya is not about politics but a matter of belief for me". Senior BJP leader Murli Manohar Joshi also went to L.K. Advani's residence to discuss the issue.

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.

The top court's order today accepts a CBI request that Mr Advani and 12 others be tried for criminal conspiracy in the case.

She said therefore she will not go to Ayodhya tomorrow but will go after sometime.

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

Congress chief spokesperson Randeep Surjewala said, "The Supreme Court has spoken. I will express my happiness and pride to Lord Ram for the honour I have been given", she had earlier said.

"Party which was behind Emergency and 1984 riots has no right to demand my resignation", Uma Bharti added.

While the SC decision could be described as a blow to Mr Advani and Mr Joshi, who anyway have been marginalised in the organisation, BJP spin doctors feel that the party will eventually gain as the two-year trial would keep the Ayodhya pot boiling. She insisted that everything "happened in the open.". "This country is of cow, Ganga, Tirangaa [tricolour] and Ram".

The Left parties today demanded that Union Minister Uma Bharti and Rajasthan Governor Kalyan Singh should quit from their respective posts after the Supreme Court verdict in the Babri mosque demolition case.