New Delhi, April 21: Former Bharatiya Janata Party MP Ram Vilas Vedanti on Friday defended former Deputy Prime Minister L.K. Advani and said it was him who incite a mob to demolish the Babri Masjid in 1992.
"He had no role in this incident," Vedanti told the media, referring to Advani.
"I brought it down and ensured that it went down," he added.
Vedanti is one of the 13 BJP leaders accused of conspiring Babri demolition by the Central Bureau of Investigation.
According to an IANS report, "Vedanti recalled that when the mosque was being attacked by a mob, he along with the late Ashok Singhal and Mahant Avaidyanth exhorted the VHP activists to ensure that it came down brick by brick."
Unapologetic for the incident, Vedanti said it was vital to raze the mosque to the ground quickly so that a makeshift Ram temple could be raised on its ruins. "It was I who said 'Ek dhakka aur do, Babri Masjid tod do'."
He, in fact, claimed that accused LK Advani, Murli Manohar Joshi and Vijayraje Scindia were trying to calm the 'kar sevaks'.
This comes a day after Sudheendra Kulkarni claimed that Advani had tried to save Babri by calming Kar sevaks. He added that Advani expressed deep regret at Babri mosque demolition and even called it the saddest day of his life.
He demanded that the 67.77 acres acquired land around the disputed site be handed over to the Ram Janmabhoomi Nyaas.