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Updated: November 27, 2009 20:47 IST

Vajpayee was involved in Ram Janma Bhoomi movement: VHP

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Former prime minister and senior BJP leader Atal Bihari Vajpayee. File Photo: Rajeev Bhatt
Former prime minister and senior BJP leader Atal Bihari Vajpayee. File Photo: Rajeev Bhatt

Senior BJP leader Atal Bihari Vajpayee was involved in the Ram Janma Bhoomi movement, which led to the Babri Mosque demolition in Ayodhya on December 6, 1992, VHP chief Ashok Singhal said on Friday.

“Ataljee was also involved in the movement. He had been also arrested. I won’t say that he was not involved. He had been arrested in Lucknow,” Mr. Singhal told reporters when asked to comment on the Liberhan Commission report indicting 68 persons including Mr. Vajpayee for the Babri Mosque demolition.

Asked about L. K. Advani’s remarks that the demolition day was the “saddest day of his life”, Mr. Singhal said, “I have told him not to make such remarks (maine unku mana kiya hai ki woh aisa naa kahein).”

He said the movement was the “movement of saints” but it is being given a political shape which is “absolutely” wrong. “I want to make it clear that it was a movement of saints who guided it and will continue to do it in future.”

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