Ayodhya verdict: Maha Cong seeks resignation of Bharti, Kalyan

Ayodhya verdict: Maha Cong seeks resignation of Bharti, Kalyan

Ms Bharti had said she would leave tonight after the Supreme Court said this morning that the minister, along with other top leaders of the BJP like LK Advani and Murli Manohar Joshi, will be tried for criminal conspiracy in the 1992 demolition of the Babri masjid in Ayodhya. Uma Bharti stuck to the fact she wants the Ram temple to be constructed in Ayodhya and will do everything to make it possible.

Meanwhile, the Congress demanded Bharti's resignation by reminding Prime Minister Narendra Modi to act in accordance with "his love for transparency and morality in politics".

She said she will go to Ayodhya and visit the makeshift temple to seek Ram Lalla's blessings. The apex court also said there will be no "de novo" (fresh) trial.

According to sources in the BJP, Bharti cancelled the plan on the advice of party president Amit Shah.

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The minister and other leaders are also being tried for making speeches that investigators allege provoked lakhs of karsevaks or volunteers to bring down the mosque on December 6, 1992. Uma said she is ready to sacrifice her life for the Ram temple. "It is a hypothetical question", he said, asked whether the logic of not removing Uma as a minister would also apply to Advani's chances of being selected as a presidential candidate. Asked about the Congress's demand for her resignation, Bharati said she was not enamoured by the ministerial post. Reacting to the Congress's demand, Bharti made a reference to the 1984 anti-Sikh riots, claiming that the then Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi had sought to justify the killings post the assassination of Indira Gandhi. She added that her thoughts, words and actions were same and there were no bad intentions behind it so how can it be called a conspiracy.

To ensure speedy trial, the top court has given two important directions - first, no party shall be granted adjournments without the sessions judge being satisfied of the reasons for it; second, the trial judge hearing the case shall not be transferred till the judgement is delivered.

"Koi sazish nahi thi, sab khullam khulla tha (There was no conspiracy, everything was out there in open)", Bharati said at a press conference at her residence after the SC directive.

Senior party leader and Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said the BJP respected its leaders like Advani and Joshi and that it would offer comments only after studying the verdict in detail. "I can take any punishment for Ganga, Tiranga (Tricolor) and Ayodhya".

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