Kalyan Singh's re-entry to BJP a boost to Hindutva agenda in Uttar Pradesh

CBI moves court to summon the ex-CM in Babri demolition trial.

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Kalyan Singh re-joins BJP
NEW DELHI: Reminiscent of the famous line of Atal Bihari Vajpayee, 87-year-old Kalyan Singh on Monday re-joined the BJP saying “my mind is neither tired nor retired”, in what is expected to be a boost to the party’s Hindutva agenda in Uttar Pradesh amid the ongoing trial in the Babri Masjid demolition case.

Though the former UP CM made it clear that he will not contest an election, his return to active state politics brings twin benefits to the party, according to party functionaries. One is his OBC credentials that bring an appeal to OBC voters in the state. Two, it is Singh’s Hindutva appeal as he now faces prosecution in the Babri Masjid demolition trial, given the end of his constitutional immunity as Rajasthan Governor.

The CBI moved the Special trial court in Lucknow on Monday to summon Singh in the matter.


Singh did not fail to refer to the Ayodhya issue on Monday. Ayodhya is a sacred place and the construction of the Ram Temple is a matter of devotion for crores of people, he said. “Let all political parties make their stand clear before the people. Are they in favour of the construction of the temple or against it,” he asked.

As per the CBI case against Singh, he, as UP CM, had given assurance before the National Integration Council not to demolish the disputed structure and the Supreme Court had permitted for only symbolic kar sewa to being performed.

“Singh had also said that he will fully ensure the protection of the structure and it will not be felled, but he allegedly acted in opposition to his assurances,” said an order of the Special Judge, Lucknow, in 1997 subsequent to a CBI charge sheet against him in 1993. The order was not given by Kalyan Singh for utilising the central force, the CBI had alleged.
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“From this, it seems that prima facie, he was a necessary participant in the criminal conspiracy,” the CBI said. Singh had then resigned as chief minister.

Amid talk of whether Singh’s return to UP politics would create a new power centre, Singh, on Monday, said he would not be a competitor but a companion in state politics and praised Yogi Adityanath saying he was doing an “excellent work as CM and had brought visible difference to the condition of the villages and the poor.”

The CM had also gone out of his way to please Singh. His grandson Sandeep Singh was made a minister in the UP government. Singh’s bungalow on Lucknow’s Mall Avenue Road was allotted to Sandeep after SC ordered all ex-CMs to vacate their official bungalows.
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