Special Correspondent

LUCKNOW: After resigning from the Bharatiya Janata Party, the former Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister, Kalyan Singh sang a different tune on the Babri Masjid issue.

He was at the helm when the mosque at Ayodhya in Faizabad district was demolished on December 6, 1992. Mr. Singh, who was imprisoned for a day after the demolition, was hailed as the “hero of Ayodhya.”

Talking to reporters here, Mr. Singh talked about an amicable solution to the issue. He said that Hindu and Muslim religious leaders should, together with historians, find an amicable solution. “It should be ensured that the solution is not detrimental to any section.” The issue should be resolved across the table. He claimed that he initiated the process of talks but his government did not last long enough.

About the possibility of his protégé, Kusum Rai, who was a BJP Rajya Sabha MP, quitting the party, he said the decision would be entirely that of Ms. Rai. She was reportedly given the ticket after ignoring the claims of other strong contenders to assuage Mr. Singh, who had kept himself away from the party activities.

Mr. Singh underplayed Ms. Rai’s election to the Rajya Sabha. He said she was given nothing by the BJP leadership.

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