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Stop broadcast of Cobrapost sting on Babri Masjid: BJP to EC

Friday, 4 April 2014 - 12:11pm IST | Agency: dna web desk
  • Hemant Padalkar dna

On Friday, questioning the timing of a 'sting' operation on the Babri Masjid demolition, the BJP alleged that it was "sponsored", accusing Congress of using "pawns" to vitiate the atmosphere before elections and asked the Election Commission to stop its publication and telecast.

Writing to the Election Commission shortly before Cobrapost was to hold a press conference here, BJP sought a bar on its contents being made public.

"We have met the EC and have asked to stop the broadcast of sting so that elections can be peaceful," BJP leader Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi was quoted as saying by CNN-IBN.

BJP spokesperson Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi said reports had appeared in papers today about a sting operation related to the sensitive Babri masjid-Ram Janambhoomi dispute.
Through this "sponsored sting operation", there is an attempt to inject poison in the peaceful and amicable election atmosphere in the country, he said.

Through this "sponsored sting operation", there is an attempt to inject poison in the peaceful and amicable election atmosphere in the country, he said.

"We had in the morning spoken to Election Commission and also written a letter that an NGO named Cobrapost in the name of a sting operation is planning to show a sponsored sting on the sensitive Ram Janambhoomi-Babri masjid issue....Its telecast and publication should be immediately barred," he added.

He said the party had asked the EC to take action "against whoever is behind such a mischievous conspiracy." Accusing the Congress of propagating communalism, Naqvi said that the party has lost the battle on ground and was now trying to use pawns to spoil the atmosphere ahead of election.

When asked to comment about the content of the sting operation, Naqvi said its timing raises questions.

"The timing is more important than content and raises questions as the election is at its peak and the atmosphere is friendly and peaceful. The election is being contested on the issue of Congress' misgovernance. The people have rejected the secular versus communal plank on which Congress contests and real issues are being raised. Naturally those who contested on non-issues are upset," he said.

According to reports, the Cobrapost sting reveals Vishwa Hindu Parishad and the Shiv Sena openly talking about the conspiracy and the fact that the demolition was not a spontaneous act by a enraged mob.

The sting also reveals that senior BJP leaders LK Advani and Murli Manohar Joshi knew about the plan and the then chief minister of Uttar Pradesh Kalyan Singh also had information a day prior to the demolition. The Babri Masjid was demolished on December 6, 1992.

According to the sting, an oath was taken to demolish the structure in the presence of Advani and Joshi.

 




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