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Sharad Pawar’s Big Claim On Vijaya Raje Scindia’s ‘Babri Assurance’ To PV Narasimha Rao

There was a gaggle of ministers and I used to be certainly one of them, mentioned Sharad Pawad. (FILE)

New Delhi:

Because the Ram Janmbhoomi motion gathered steam in 1992, BJP chief Vijaya Raje Scindia had assured then prime minister PV Narasimha Rao that nothing would occur to Babri Masjid and he believed her towards the recommendation of his ministers, NCP chief Sharad Pawar revealed on Tuesday.

On the launch of senior journalist Neerja Chowdhury’s ebook ‘How Prime Ministers Determine’, Mr Pawar, who was the defence minister on the time of the Babri Masjid demolition, mentioned he together with then residence minister and the house secretary was current on the assembly.

“There was a gaggle of ministers and I used to be certainly one of them… It was determined that the prime minister ought to name a gathering of leaders of the respective get together,” the NCP chief mentioned.

“In that assembly, Vijaya Raje Scindia had assured the prime minister that nothing would occur to the Babri Masjid,” he mentioned. Mr Pawar mentioned that whereas he, the house minister and residential secretary felt something may occur, Rao selected to imagine Scindia.

Ms Chowdhury, in the meantime, recalled a dialog that Rao had with some senior journalists within the aftermath of the mosque demolition the place the prime minister was requested what he was doing when the demolition occurred.

She claimed that Rao had instructed journalists that he allowed it to occur as a result of it will finish a festering sore and he felt the BJP would lose its important political card.

The ebook was launched by Mr Pawar, together with Kerala Governor Arif Mohammad Khan, Congress chief Shashi Tharoor, former railway minister and BJP chief Dinesh Trivedi, and Maharashtra’s former CM Prithviraj Chavan.

The dialogue was moderated by senior journalist Rajdeep Sardesai. Trivedi recalled the time of Rajiv Gandhi as prime minister and the function of Arun Nehru, certainly one of his key advisors.

“Arun Nehru was like household… That was among the best intervals and if it continued issues could be very completely different,” Trivedi mentioned.

Prithviraj Chavan, who served as a Union minister within the UPA authorities, mentioned not dealing with the Anna Hazare motion correctly brought on the downfall of the Congress-led alliance.

“What brought on that downfall was what occurred instantly earlier than that. Scams, 2G… We did not deal with Anna Hazare rightly. That is what introduced an finish to the Congress authorities,” he mentioned.

He additionally mentioned that former prime minister Manmohan Singh was good at constructing consensus and talked about the nuclear deal.

Chowdhury’s ebook analyses the working kinds of the nation’s prime ministers by way of the prism of six choices of historic significance.

Former PM Indira Gandhi’s return to energy in 1980 after her humiliating defeat publish the Emergency in 1977, Rajiv Gandhi’s determination to undo the Supreme Court docket’s judgment within the Shah Bano case, V P Singh’s implementation of the Mandal Fee Report, PV Narasimha Rao’s function as prime minister in the course of the Babri Masjid incident, and the governments underneath Atal Bihari Vajpayee and Manmohan Singh are among the many subjects mentioned within the ebook.

(Apart from the headline, this story has not been edited by NDTV employees and is printed from a syndicated feed.)

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