Monday, January 11, 2010

Aide spills Rao push for temple in Ayodhya: India Today - Latest Breaking News from India, World, Business, Cricket, Sports, Bollywood.

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    • A. Srinivasa Rao
    • Late Prime Minister P. V. Narasimha Rao, during whose rule the Babri Masjid was demolished, was in favour of the Ram temple, a new book has claimed.

      Retired IAS officer PVRK Prasad, who served as joint secretary at the Prime Minister's Office ( PMO) and was Rao's information adviser, has made the claim in his latest book Asalu Emi Jarigindantey... ( What happened, actually).

      The book claims that Rao planned to build the temple at the site of the razed mosque ostensibly to deny any credit to the sangh parivar. The Telugu version of the book was released in Vijayawada last week and its English version will come out shortly.

      In two chapters, Prasad narrates Rao's strategy to build the temple after the Babri Masjid was demolished on December 6, 1992. For two years, Rao made all efforts to construct the temple through a non- political trust, the book says. But he was careful to keep himself and the Congress government out of the picture.

      The Ramalayam Trust was formed after prolonged efforts, but the temple could not be built because general elections took place and Rao lost.

    • He, however, could not shed light on whether the former PM had advance knowledge of a plan to demolish the mosque. " He was very cautious. He preferred listening to others, than disclosing his mind," he said.

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