Delhi assembly Speaker Ram Niwas Goel on Wednesday rejected a BJP demand to pay homage to VHP leader Ashok Singhal, who died on Tuesday.
The speaker took the decision after a majority of Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) legislators opposed the demand by the Bharatiya Janata Party’s three members in the 70-seat house.
He (Singhal) was not a member of this House nor was he any Parliamentarian. The House is aggrieved over his demise but the Assembly cannot allow tributes here,” said Goel.
AAP MLAs created an uproar saying he was responsible for killing of thousands of people post the demolition of Babri Mosque in 1992.
Some AAP MLAs were heard calling Singhal a ‘terrorist.’
Jarnail Singh, MLA from Rajouri Garden said,”India is surrounded by a number of failed nation states, yet we continue to remain strong. The reason behind this unmatched solidarity is our peaceful attitude and we should continue to maintain that.”
Laxmi Nagar MLA Nitin Tyagi said, “Nationalism in the country is being defined by radicals. Intolerance is when the country’s intellectuals return awards and when our nationally acclaimed actors are asked to move out of their own country,” said Tyagi adding “I appeal people to live and let live.”
Delhi government’s Water and Tourism minister, Kapil Mishra took a jibe at the Delhi Police for its raid at the Kerala House House and alleged that intolerance is not a country-wide thought.
Singhal, the architect of the campaign that led to the razing of the 16th century Babri mosque in Ayodhya in 1992, died in a Gurgaon hospital following kidney and heart problems.
A passionate votary of Hindutva, the Agra-born Singhal, son of a government official, joined the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) in 1942.
He worked mainly in Uttar Pradesh, Delhi and Haryana before the RSS deputed him to one of its then lesser known affiliates, the Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP), in 1980.
Singhal became its working president in 1984, the year the VHP organised a “Dharam Sansad” (Religious Parliament) which sowed the seeds for the emotive campaign to destroy the 16th century Babri mosque – that Hindutva votaries said was built at the site where Lord Rama was born.