Ready to sacrifice my life for Ram Mandir, says Uma Bharti


Union minister and BJP leader Uma Bharti, who has remained unapologetic about her association with the Ram Janmabhoomi movement, today cancelled her plans to visit Ayodhya after the Supreme Court ordered that she be tried for criminal conspiracy in the 1992 Babri Masjid demolition case.

"The issue of Ram temple at Ayodhya is not political but a matter of conviction for me".

"I will go there on Wednesday night".

The top court's order today accepts a CBI request that Mr Advani and 12 others be tried for criminal conspiracy in the case.

Congress chief spokesperson Randeep Surjewala said, "The Supreme Court has spoken".

The minister said that she was ready to face any punishment it took to build the Ram temple in Ayodhya. "I have never repented or apologised", she said.

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She said that she will not resign from her post and would face any punishment for the sake of Ganga, Ayodhya and the tricolour.

With the Congress demanding Ms Bharti's resignation, she claimed that while Rajiv Gandhi was trying to "justify" the massacre of Sikhs during the 1984 anti-Sikh riots, Sonia Gandhi was with him. "The Congress has no moral right to seek my resignation", she said. "I resigned as Chief Minister of Madhya Pradesh after a case was registered against me in the Tiranga (national flag) case", Bharti, Union Water Resources Minister, told reporters.

While the SC decision could be described as a blow to Mr Advani and Mr Joshi, who anyway have been marginalised in the organisation, BJP spin doctors feel that the party will eventually gain as the two-year trial would keep the Ayodhya pot boiling.

The minister added that she would campaign for the party in the Delhi civic polls and later visit Ayodhya. So, can we say she was part of a conspiracy? This country relates to cow, Ganga, Ram, the tricolour.

When asked to comment on BJP veteran LK Advani's remark that the demolition of the mosque was the "saddest" day in his life, the minister said, "I will never comment on what Advani ji said".