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“Kalyan Singh Was Shocked By Babri Masjid Demolition”: Former IAS Officer Anil Swarup

Contrary to the widely held belief that Kalyan Singh played a role in the Babri Masjid demolition on December 6, 1992, former UP chief minister was “devastated and shocked” upon learning of the demolition incident, according to Anil Swarup, a then IAS officer in the UP government.

At that time, Swarup says he was the only person with Singh. The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader, Swapan Das Gupta, who met Singh the day before the demolition and was a journalist then, supported the claim of “Kalyan Singh’s mood.”

At the India International Centre in Delhi on Sunday, Gupta, former Lieutenant General of Puducherry Kiran Bedi, and former IAS officer Sandeep Chopra joined Swarup, who was giving a speech at the publication of his third book, “Encounter with Politicians.” The book was written based on his “first-hand” interactions with politicians.

Swarup, then director of Information and Public Relations in the BJP government, said at the launch, “I have a different view of what happened on December 6. I was the only person with Kalyan Singh that day. When I walked into his house, since everyone was in Ayodhya, I saw him sitting alone for the first time. He looked a little disturbed.”

Before learning of the demolition of the Babri Masjid, the two engaged in a “general conversation.” “I had never seen him that distraught. Contrary to the general impression, he was shocked. He was not only shocked, he was beside himself,” Swarup revealed.

According to Swarup, a former coal secretary in the Modi administration, Singh spoke with L.K. Advani, and “the conversation was an incredible one.”

He went on to detail Singh’s talk with senior BJP politician Bhairon Singh Shekhawat, but he still needs to bring up the conversation with Advani.

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