04 March, 2021

‘The Mandir Is Dearer To Us Than Life’

Ousted UP CM Kalyan Singh spoke to Outlook.Excerpts:

‘The Mandir Is Dearer To Us Than Life’

Did you resign or were you sacked?
I have resigned out of respect for the wishes of the prime minister.

Were you alone held responsible for the electoral debacle?
That’s for the high command to contemplate. So far, there’s been no analysis of the election results. I want an objective analysis of this decisive defeat.

Why were you removed even before an analysis?
The high command has every right to take a decision even before an analysis. Hamara high command lajawaab hai. Iska yeh matlab nahin ki high command ke pass jawaab nahin hai. The high command is my mantra, yantra and tantra.

You believe sidelining the Ram Mandir issue cost the party dearly...
The movement was strongest in UP. We should analyse why we sidelined an issue dearer to us than life.

Why did the BJP compromise on this?
That’s for Shriman Atal Behari Vajpayee to know. I’m only a humble party worker.


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