According to the statement made by the Law Minister Hansraj Bhardwaj, the UPA government committed a mistake by not recognizing the importance or Lord Ram in Indian history. The government said this and withdrew the ASI affidavits from Supreme Court. The government committed the mistake but who was responsible for that?
This was the biggest question in the government because the BJP leaders had been started blaming party president Sonia Gandhi for the alleged disrespect made toward the religious sentiments linked with the majority of Indian people.
Everyone was waiting who would be called as responsible for the mistake committed from the side of center. On Saturday, everyone got the answer when the government fired two senior officials of the ASI. The government had reportedly suspended an assistant director of the ASI team and another director of the administration on Friday.
According to the reports, the Secretary of the Union Culture Ministry had ordered an inquiry into this matter and later suspended the two senior ASI officials, one was an assistant director of the team and the other was the director of the administration, with immediate effect. Tourism and Culture Minister Ambika Soni approved the suspension order of both the officials.
On the other hand, this is being said that the preliminary inquiry has revealed the other story in this matter. According to the initial investigation, the Ministry of Culture and Law had vetted the said affidavit, in which it was said that there is no any scientific and historical evidence of the existence of Lord ram and events of the Ramayan. The affidavit had also said that Ram Setu is not a man-made bridge but a natural one.
Later, the saffron leaders started protesting against the ASI affidavit submitted in the Supreme Court. They started blaming the Congress party, PM and Sonia Gandhi for conspiring against the religious sentiments of the majority of the people in the country.
After sensing that the BJP can make the issue as a weapon for political battle against Congress, the Congress president Sonia Gandhi reportedly interfered into the matter. She asked the government to report on the affidavit submitted in the SC.
The Congress-led government promptly opted to go into a damage control exercise following the remarks came from Sonia Gandhi. The government decided to withdraw its two affidavits from the Supreme Court and accepted that the government committed a mistake in this matter.
Abhishek Manu Singhvi said:
To err is human but to rectify immediately is divine.
On the other hand, the BJP has continued their aggressive stand over the ASI affidavit submitted in the court and demanded an apology from PM and Sonia Gandhi.
They even described the decision to withdraw the affidavits was actually an outcome of Hindu outrage. BJP spokesperson Prakash Javadekar said that the withdrawal was no abatement of the seriousness of the issue.
He further said that the party regarded the affidavits as a crime, blasphemy. Both the Prime Minister and the Congress chief will have to owe an apology to the country for committing such crime.