NEW DELHI: Acquitted of conspiracy charges in the 1992 Babri mosque demolition case, BJP veteran L K Advani on Wednesday welcomed the court verdict, saying the judgment vindicated his and his party’s commitment towards the Ram Janmabhoomi movement.
The 92-year-old veteran, who re-drafted BJP’s role in the political mainstream of the country by catapulting the party on to the centrestage of India’s political canvas as the prime mover of the temple movement, also chanted “Jai Shri Ram” soon after the verdict, describing it as a “moment of happiness for all of us”.
In the months building up to the December 6, 1992 event, Advani had gone on a Rath Yatra — From Somnath to Ayodhya — to galvanise support for the temple.
“The judgment vindicates my personal and BJP’s belief and commitment towards the Ram Janmabhoomi movement. I also feel blessed that this judgment has come in the footsteps of another landmark verdict of the Supreme Court given in November 2019, which paved the way for my long cherished dream of seeing a grand Ram Mandir at Ayodhya,” he said in a statement. “I wholeheartedly welcome the judgment,” he said. Recalling his associates who stood by him, he said, “I am grateful to my party workers, leaders, saints and all those, who through their selfless involvement and sacrifices gave me strength and support during the Ayodhya movement.”
“Along with millions of my countrymen, I now look forward to the completion of the beautiful Shri Ram Mandir at Ayodhya. May Shri Ram keep us blessed always,” Advani said as he signed off with a ‘Jai Shri Ram’.
A special CBI court in Lucknow, acquitting Advani and all other 31 accused of conspiracy charges in the Masjid demolition case.


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