After the Supreme court revived the conspiracy charge in Babri Masjid demolition case against senior BJP leader Lal Krishna Advani, his former aide Sudheendra Kulkarni has come out in his defence. Speaking to India Today, Kulkarni said that contrary to the perception, Advani tried to stop the demolition.
"Advani was not at all part of any conspiracy. In fact, he condemned the incident (Babri Mosque demolition). Advani had then said that it was the saddest day of his life," said Kulkarni.
"There is evidence before the (Liberhan) commission that he had appealed to the karsevaks to stop," added Kulkarni.
Kulkarni, who has worked closely with Advani and also as a party secretary, dismissed connections between his Rath Yatra and the Babri incident. "It is true that he was leading the Rath Yatra but he took out the yatra to create awareness about the Ram temple. Creating such awareness is completely different from criminally demolishing it..." said Kulkarni. "He wanted the Babri masjid to be relocated not demolished, that was his stand. He cannot be held responsible for the demolition," the former aide of Advani added.
On asked about the timing of the verdict while Advani's name was doing rounds for the President's post, Kulkarni said he would not like to interconnect the trial order with presidential elections.