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Three central ministers and Babri mosque
|The recent resignations of two Gujarat ministers have fuelled the speculation of resignation of LK Advani, Murali Manohar Joshi and Uma Bharati who are implicated in Babri Masjid demolition case. Hareen Pathak and Ashok Bhat, former minister of state for defence in the union cabinet and former Health Minister of Gujarat respectively resigned from their posts because they were charge-sheeted by an Ahmedabad court to have participated in a murder of a policeman in 1985 anti reservation riots. It is now being asked that Messrs. LK Advani, MM Joshi and Uma Bharti, all of them central ministers, who were also charge-sheeted for their involvement in the demolition of Babri Masjid eight years ago should also resign at least on moral grounds.
This question has arisen because recently Bangaroo Lakshman, BJP president, has stated in a television interview that if charges are proved against these ministers the party will not hesitate in taking action against them. But at the same time Lakshman added that the trio had not done anything wrong. Now BJP leaders are saying that the Gujarat ministers were accused of corruption hence their resignation is justified but demolition of Babri Masjid was a political issue and therefore the involvement of these three ministers is not that much important. Strange logic indeed! How strange it seems that the demolition of a religious place of worship and genocide of minorities is projected as a political issue and it is said that it does not call for their resignation and legal action against them.
The demand for resignation of the trio is absolutely justified and the three central ministers should resign on moral grounds.
(Excerpts from an editorial in Calcutta Urdu daily Rozana Hind)