Azad's brother in BJP justifies Babri Masjid demolition
Jammu : Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad's younger brother Ghulam Ali Azad, who recently joined the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), Sunday justified the 1992 demolition of the Babri Masjid, saying the mosque in Ayodhya never existed.
Ali Azad lambasted the Congress for accusing BJP senior leader L.K. Advani of being involved in the demolition of the 16th century mosque.
"There never was a mosque, nor it exists today nor it will ever," Ali Azad told reporters.
The mosque was a mosque constructed by first Mughal emperor Babur in Ayodhya in the 16th century. On Dec 6, 1992 it was destroyed by Hindu extremists who believe that Babur destroyed an existing temple at the site, built to commemorate the birthplace of Rama.
The demolition triggered widespread communal unrest in the entire country.
Babur, Ali Azad said, was an "invader. We cannot glorify him as a leader of Muslims in any sense of the word."
The brother of the former Jammu and Kashmir chief minister said Congress leaders were working against one another.
He said he had joined the BJP because it was a party of principles and an ideology rooted in keeping the nation together.