After all the 32 accused of the Babri Demolition case got acquitted on Wednesday, an old statement of Lok Sabha MP Pragya Thakur has gone viral on social media.
The special CBI court in Lucknow pronounced the verdict on the much-awaited case saying that there was no conclusive evidence to suggest that there was a pre-planned conspiracy behind the demolition. With this, many leaders of the BJP and VHP like LK Advani and Uma Bharti can now breathe a sigh of relief. The CBI judge SK Yadav did not take into account various videotapes and newspaper articles as evidence.
The Controversial Statement
Following the verdict, the state of BJP MP Pragya Thakur’s old statement about the demolition went viral. The statement was given during the run-up to the 2019 Lok Sabha election. She had said,
“Yes, I had gone there (Ayodhya), I had said it yesterday too, not denying it. I had demolished the structure. I will go there and help in the construction of Ram temple, nobody can stop us from doing that, Ram rashtra hain, rashtra Ram hain.”
In another statement, Pragya Thakur was seen saying,
“Why would we regret the demolition of the Babri Masjid? We are, in fact, proud of it. There were some waste products of the Ram temple and we removed it. This has awakened the self-respect of our country and we will construct a grand Ram temple.”
Many users on social media pointed out and criticized the judge for not accepting these statements as pieces of evidence in the case. The accused who were facing charges of “prejudicial to national integration and injuring or defiling a place of worship”, “deliberate and malicious acts intended to outrage religious feelings”, “uttering statements leading to public mischief, rioting, and unlawful assembly”. Pragya Thakur went on to win the election from the constituency of Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh.
Courtesy: Free Press Journal