New Delhi, Jan.28 (ANI): President Pranab Mukherjee has in the second volume of his autobiography ‘The Turbulent Years 1980-1996’ stated that former prime minister Rajiv Gandhi’s decision to open the Ram Janmabhoomi temple site was an error of judgment.
“The opening of the Ram Janmabhoomi temple site on February 1, 1986 was perhaps another error of judgement. People felt it could have been avoided,” he said.
In 1985, Rajiv Gandhi ordered the locks on the Ramjanmabhoomi-Babri Masjid in Ayodhya removed. Until then, a priest had been permitted to perform puja once a year for the idols installed there in 1949. Now, all Hindus were given access to what they consider the birthplace of Rama. (ANI)