Samajwadi Party chief Akhilesh Yadav's uncle, Shivpal Yadav triggered a controversial statement by hailing Mulayam Yadav for reviving the country's secularism by citing Babri Masjid.
In his address at a school event, Samajwadi Secular Morcha (SSM) leader said that 'another Pakistan would have been created in India' had 'Babri Masjid not been saved that day.
He said, "Netaji (Mulayam Yadav) who fought in 1990, you might remember it, BJP workers, it was Babri Masjid in Ayodhya, Netaji did that work, he revived secularism. Had Babri Masjid not been saved that day, maybe another Pakistan would have been created in India. That admirable work was done by Netaji, he did such great work during that time."
Reiterating that this episode of 'saving secularism' will be printed in history Shivapal added, "This will be written in the history, this will definitely be written in the history. 13 people died in Ayodhya, but secularism was still there. This will be written in history. The sacrifice of those 13 people saved so many Temples and Mosques, so many riots were prevented. In 1992 you might remember, after giving an affidavit in the Supreme Court, Babri Masjid was demolished. So many Temples and Mosques were demolished, so many people died, so many riots took place. The country was in ruin."
After getting sidelined from SP, the leader who has been a critic of BJP announced his own political front back in August 2018, 'Samajwadi Secular Morcha'
The Ayodhya case will next be taken up on January 29, after proceedings were hardly able to get off the ground during the much-awaited hearing on Thursday, on account of Justice UU Lalit having earlier appeared as a lawyer in a related case.
The Chief Justice of India, who is heading the 5-judge Constitution bench that has been constituted to hear the politically sensitive title dispute, clarified right at the start of proceedings that only a date and schedule were to be determined in the January 10 hearing.