Former BJP MP from Pratapgarh, Ram Vilas Vedanti, said on Friday that it was he and not L.K. Advani who incited the mob to demolish the Babri Masjid in 1992.
He is one of the 13 people accused by CBI of having a hand in demolishing the 15th century structure in Ayodhya on December 6, 1992.
“He (Advani) had no role in this incident,” Vedanti told the media. “I brought it down and ensured that it went down.”
Vedanti added: “I was the one who said ‘Ek dhakka aur do, Babri Masjid tod do‘.” (Give one more push; break the mosque.)
He also added that Ashok Singhal and Mahant Avaidyanth were also involved in exhorting the mob.
He claimed that Advani, Murli Manohar Joshi and Vijayraje Scindia were trying to calm the ‘kar sevaks’ and not incite them.
Vedanti’s comment comes after the Supreme Court’s order on Wednesday allowing the CBI to restore criminal conspiracy charges against Advani, Joshi, BJP MP Vinay Katiyar and Union Minister Uma Bharati among others.
Advani was the BJP president at the time of Babri Masjid’s demolition. He himself maintains that he was extremely disappointed when the mosque was razed.