Samajwadi Party president Mulayam Singh Yadav on Saturday said he feels “sad" about ordering police firing on 'kar sevaks' during the Ram temple movement in Ayodhya, but it was necessary to save a religious place.
“It was needed to save the religious place (Babri Masjid) and maintain faith of Muslims in the country. Even if 30 people had been killed in the firing instead of 16, I would have still not withdrawn my decision," Mulayam said, during the release of a book, Badhte Gaye Sahsik Kadam, written by a journalist based on the SP chief's life.
Mulayam added that if such action was not taken, a wrong message would have gone across Muslims who would have started doubting their safety in this country. Mulayam said that his decision was necessary to maintain unity in society.
The SP chief further said that he had to face criticism for ordering firing on 'kar sevaks', such as being called as 'Manavta ka Hatyara'.
Meanwhile, addressing another function to felicitate former Rajya Sabha MP and SP leader Bhagwati Singh, Mulayam termed his tie-up with former Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister and BJP leader Kalyan Singh ahead of the 2009 Lok Sabha elections as “a big mistake". “We parted company but I had the moral courage to admit my mistake and apologise to my party," he said.