New Delhi: A special CBI court in Lucknow is scheduled to pronounce its verdict in the Babri Masjid demolition criminal case Wednesday, and just a few days before it, BJP leader Uma Bharti, one of the high-profile accused, has said in a letter to party president J.P. Nadda that she will not seek bail and is ready to be hanged if found guilty.
In the letter, written on 26 September, Bharti said, “I do not know what the Ayodhya judgement will be on 30 September but I will not seek bail.”
“I am proud of my participation in the Ayodhya movement. I have always said that even if I have to hang for being part of the Ayodhya movement, then that’s acceptable to me,” she wrote. “I do not know what the decision will be, but I will not take bail. Taking the bail will tarnish the dignity of my participation in the movement. In such circumstances, whether you would want to keep me in the new team or not, that’s for you to consider.”
The letter is dated on the day Nadda announced the new team of BJP office-bearers, in which she was dropped as party vice-president. However, Bharti’s private secretary Vishnugupta Vaidya said the letter was written before the organisational reshuffle in the party.
Bharti served as Union minister in the first Narendra Modi government, but had opted out of the Lok Sabha race in 2019.
‘Ram Mandir was built, but Ram Rajya still pending’
In her letter, Bharti wrote, “I have to appear before the special CBI court of Lucknow on 30 September to hear the verdict. I consider the law as the Vedas, the court as the temple and the judge as the God. Therefore, every decision of the court will be God’s blessing for me.”
She added, “It is a matter of pride, bliss and surprising anomaly that in the same Ayodhya case in which in 2017 the CBI doubted me as a conspirator, our Prime Minister laid the foundation stone of the same Ayodhya (temple) this year. I will accept the verdict of the court”.
The BJP leader also said, “You have known me for 30 years. Ideology and hard work are the basis of my politics. I also fought for the Ram temple and also for Ram Rajya. I left no stone unturned in making Hindutva all inclusive and ensured that Dalits, tribals, poor and especially backward classes of all sections should join BJP and stay connected too.
“Even after the party expelled me, I did not stop working for the poor and backward classes. I continue to do my bit for the nation. I am ready to lay my life for Ram, Ganga, the Tricolour and the deprived classes. The Ram Mandir is being built, but Ram Rajya is still pending. I have a very long life left , which I will now dedicate to Ram Rajya.
“So I leave it to your discretion whether you keep me in the team or not. For me, the blessing of God and the support of the community is most important. You can take a decision regarding me without any worry. I am the BJP’s reserve force. It will always come handy when needed.”
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