Lucknow, 14 May: Firing fresh accusations on Samajwadi Party Chief Mulayam Singh, Union Minister Beni Prasad Verma today alleged that SP supremo was hand-in-glove with Lal Krishan Advani and had plotted to demolish Babri Masjid. Earlier in March, Beni stirred the hornet’s nest by accusing that Mulayam Singh Yadav has close links with terrorists and also asked favours for supporting UPA government. Congress President Sonia Gandhi had then apologised to the SP Chief.
Verma, who was in Lucknow today, regretted his three decade long association with Mulayam Singh.
Verma said, “BJP leader LK Advani started his ‘Somnath to Ayodhya’ Rath Yatra only after consulting the then UP CM Mulayam Singh. The yatra had left behind a trail of deaths and destruction.” He added, “Mulayam Singh conspired to the extent of removing all Central Paramilitary Forces from Ayodhya on October 30, 1990, and deploying only 250 fresh recruits of the State Police.” He said that as many as four companies were rushed to UP-Madhya Pradesh border in Etawah district to escort BJP leader Vijayaraje Scindhia who was coming from Gwalior for participating in karsewa.
Beni further alleged that Mulayam Singh had ordered the police to not open-fire on the karsewaks, if they proceed towards Babri mosque and the orders were repeatedly issued on police wireless. “Then SP of Faizabad district, Subhash Joshi defied government orders and ordered his troops to fire on karsewaks who were advancing towards Babri mosque from Hanumangarhi temple on October 30, 1990. Mulayam Singh Yadav summoned the SP to Lucknow and hurled filthy abuses at him in presence of several party leaders and ministers.”
The Steel Minister said that Mulayam Singh had turned the entire situation of police firing at Ayodhya to his advantage and had taken a secular image.
Beni alleged that Mulayam Singh Yadav wanted to contest the Assembly Elections in alliance with the BJP, but the karsewa agitation snowballed Ayodhya issue into a major national issue and RSS vetoed the idea.
Beni Prasad Verma was Cabinet Minister under Mulayam Singh’s government from 1989 to 1991. Later, in 1993, he was a senior minister in Mulayam Singh’s Cabinet. Beni was elected to Lok Sabha in 1996 from Kaiserganj Lok Sabha seat, and along with Mulayam Singh, he was Union Minister in United Front regimes headed by HD Deve Gowda and IK Gujaral.
In 1990, Mulayam Singh headed the Janata Dal regime. Vishwa Hindu Parishad had then given a call for the Karsewa at Ayodhya, attracting lakhs of people from across the country. VHP had given call with the aim of constructing Ram temple in Babri mosque, claiming that that the mosque was constructed after demolishing the temple. Police fired twice in Ayodhya to contain the unruly mob. The mosque was demolished two years later on 6 December, 1992.