Congress' internal war: Narashima Rao blamed for Babri row

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Mani Shankar Aiyar and Narashima Rao
New Delhi, Jul 25: It seems that an internal war soon may bruise the Congress party when the senior party leader Mani Shankar Aiyar blamed former Prime Minister PV Narashima Rao over the Babri masjid demolition.

Reminding Rao's presence at his office during the dire attack on the masjid, Aiyar said, "He (Narasimha Rao) was the one who was responsible for what happened in the Babri Masjid, he proved that death is not a necessary pre-condition for rigor mortis to set in."

"It (Babri demolition) was the biggest disaster that overtook this country because the rift valley in politics is not between right wing economic policies and left wing economic policies, it is over the nature of our nationhood. Are we a secular nation? An inclusive nation? Or are we any new nation?" asked the senior Congress leader.

Talking about Rao's confusion over secularism, Aiyar also claimed that the then prime minister (Rao) had believed that "India is a Hindu country".

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