Mulayam justifies shooting of Kar Sevaks in Ayodhya; VHP up in arms

Mulayam-singh-yadav-pti (File) Samajwadi Party chief Mulayam Singh

The Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) has slammed Samajwadi Party chief Mulayam Singh Yadav for his recent remarks justifying shooting of Kar Sevaks during Ayodhya unrest. The statement has upset VHP cadres as the right-wing outfit is seeking to mobilise the saints and seers in Ayodhya against Mulayam.

The outfit has planned to hold seminars and meetings across the state to mould public opinion against Mulayam, especially in Ayodhya. It has also sought registration of an FIR against Mulayam.

The VHP spokesperson Sharad Sharma, who is based in Ayodhya, said, “His (Mulayam) statement justifying firing on Kar Sevaks was highly objectionable and we seek his arrest.”

Recently at a function in Lucknow, the SP chief had defended his order to the Uttar Pradesh police to open fire on Kar Sevaks, who were marching towards Ayodhya. In 1990 police firing, 16 Kar Sevaks were killed. Mulayam was the Uttar Pradesh chief minister during Ram Janmabhoomi movement spearheaded by the VHP.

Mulayam said, “Firing orders were issued to save Babri Masjid and to protect the faith of Muslims. Even if 30 people would have been killed in the police shooting, it wouldn't have bothered me.”

His remarks have sparked a major political controversy besides turning saffron brigade against him. His comments are touted as an attempt to tap into the Muslim vote bank in the run-up to the impending state assembly elections.

Mulayam is also apprehensive of his arch rival Mayawati, who has been trying to secure Muslim votes by fielding more than 100 Muslim candidates for the state assembly elections due next year.

Some Muslim outfits supported by Sangh Parivar like Muslim Rashtriya Manch and Rashtriya Ekta Mission have also criticised Mulayam’s statement.

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