NEW DELHI, Jan 28: President Pranab Mukherjee has held former Prime Minister PV Narasimha Rao responsible for the demolition of Babri mosque in 1992, which triggered wide-scale riots across the country.
President Pranab Mukherjee, in the second volume of his memoir - The Turbulent Years: 1980-96 - has said PV Narasimha Rao's biggest failure was his inability to prevent the demolition of Babri mosque in Ayodhya on December 6, 1992.
President Mukherjee's book in which he has chronicled some momentous developments of the 1980s and 1990s, including Indira Gandhi's assassination, Babri demolition, operation Blue Star and his ouster from Rajiv Gandhi's Cabinet was released by Vice President Hamid Ansari.
Mukherjee has termed his exit from the Rajiv Gandhi Cabinet and Congress party as a "fiasco" which he himself had created. "I have candidly recognised in the book that I should have not ventured this because I was never a mass leader and I did not have the type of following which rebels from Congress like Ajay Mukherjee in 1960s or recently Mamata and in one sense Indira ji herself had," the President said. ?PTI, THE HINDUSTAN