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Tribune News Service
New Delhi, August 21
Veteran BJP leader LK Advani on Sunday remembered Kalyan Singh saying that he cherished his “many special memories with him during the Ram Janmabhoomi Movement”.
“I cherish my many special memories with him during the Ram Janmabhoomi Movement.
“His commitment, drive and sincerity towards resolving the Ayodhya issue was a great source of strength not only for my party, the BJP, but for scores of Indians who were eagerly waiting to see the realisation of their dream of a grand temple of Lord Ram at Ramjanmabhoomi,” a statement from his office said.
Condoling the death of his “close associate”, Advani called him a stalwart of Indian politics and a grassroots leader
“Kalyan Singh ji became the Chief Minister of the first ever BJP government of Uttar Pradesh. He endeared himself to the masses by working tirelessly for the upliftment of the weaker sections and contributed greatly to the overall progress of the state.
Kalyan Singh ji’s demise has left a huge void. His selfless persona will continue to inspire many generations of Indians. May his soul rest in peace. My heartfelt condolences to members of his family and admirers,” he said.
Kalyan Singh was the Uttar Pradesh CM when the Babri mosque was demolished by a mob of “karsevaks” in Ayodhya on December 6, 1992.
Along with BJP veterans L K Advani and Murli Manohar Joshi, he was among the 32 people acquitted in the demolition case in September last year.