Basu 'Dumbfounded'

Jyoti Basu says Advani is just preparing for UP assembly elections
Basu 'Dumbfounded'

Veteran Marxist leader Jyoti Basu today strongly condemned union home minister Advani's
statement before the Liberhan commission yesterday that the Babri Masjid demolition was the happiest moment of his life.

''When someone says that the Babri Masjid demolition was the happiest moment in his life, how can his party be described as other than uncivilised and barbaric?'' Basu, the former west bengal chief minister, said in a statement. (It would seem that there was some misunderstanding going on, as Advani had taken pains to distance himself from the demolition of the masjid, though he had refused to call it a mosque and referred to it as a 'structure')

He was 'dumbfounded' by Advani's remarks, Basu said adding such pronouncements would lower the country's image in the world.

Claiming that Advani had compared the episode with the freedom struggle, Basu said, ''what can the country expect from his party which had betrayed the freedom movement?''

Basu said that Advani's statements before the commission were aimed at fomenting communal passions with an eye to the coming assembly elections in Uttar Pradesh.


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