AYODHYA: A day ahead of the
Babri Masjid demolition
, the dinner at 10pm attended by former deputy prime minister L K Advani and other Sangh leaders at the
Bajrang Dal leader
and then MP, Vinay Katiyar, was cited as evidence of conspiracy by the
counsel in court. However, with evidence falling flat, Katiyar told TOI that “no plot was hatched to demolish the mosque at my house on December 5, 1992, only a symbolic kar sewa was planned”.
“Advaniji reached Ayodhya that night and was staying at Janki Mahal. As he was my leader, I invited him to dinner at my house and we discussed the possibility of ‘saanketik kar sewa (symbolic kar sewa)’ the following day. We also decided that no kar sewak will be allowed near the Babri Masjid,” he said.
Katiyar said the structure was demolished by Congress to topple the BJP government in UP. “No other mosque would be touched in future. Let peace prevail,” he told TOI. “Babri Masjid was demolished by Congress and we were accused. It was the conspiracy of Congress to topple our governments in the states through the demolition. We never wanted the structure to be demolished,” said Katiyar.
“Our kar sewaks were disciplined and there was a big conspiracy to infiltrate their ranks with unknown criminal elements who had provoked and launched the demolition. We had asked kar sevaks to bring sand from Saryu banks for a symbolic kar sewa and we were unable to understand how they suddenly veered out of control,” he said.
Katiyar demanded an inquiry into the role of Congress in the demolition of Babri Masjid that led to toppling of the Kalyan Singh government in Uttar Pradesh.
Speaking about the dispute at Kashi and Mathura, Katiyar said, “We have not planned any movement for Kashi and Mathura shrines. We will discuss with seers, but we will not talk of dismantling mosques in the country. Let peace be established.”