Chandigarh: On the eve of the
Babri Masjid demolition anniversary, Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS)
chief Mohan Bhagwat said Saturday that the Hindu group has “no
regrets” about the razing of the mosque in Ayodhya 17 years ago.
Speaking at the Chandigarh Press Club, the RSS chief, responding to
a question on whether the rightwing Hindu group regretted the
demolition, said: “Afsos ka prashna hi nahin uthta (there is no
question of any regrets).”
“We all want the
Ram temple to be built there (Ayodhya). The RSS will always be
associated with the Ram temple issue,” Bhagwat said.
The 16th century
Babri mosque was demolished by Hindu activists Dec 6, 1992,
triggering communal clashes in the country. Hindu groups claim the
mosque was built after demolishing a temple that marked the
birthplace of Lord Ram.
The RSS chief also
questioned the credibility of the Liberhan Commission report on the
Babri mosque demolition.
He said: “What has
been said in the Liberhan report could have been said in 1993 also.
There is a question mark over the credibility of the commission
report. There are many factual errors in it.”
“There was no
conspiracy in the mosque demolition as pointed out by the Liberhan
report. This is the truth,” he said.
Asked if the image
of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) had been dented by the
indictment of top BJP leaders by the Liberhan report, Bhagwat said:
“The BJP will have to resolve the issue of its image.”