Lucknow: BJP part president Amit Shah reassured senior party leader LK Advani that the party supported him after the Supreme Court on Wednesday ordered the CBI to put Advani, 89, Uma Bahrti, 57,and Murli Manohar Joishi, 83 on trail after resorting the criminal conspiracy charges against them.
"The party supports you," he said.
According to sources, Amit Shah called Adnvai on Wednesday evening after he finalised BJP stratigy for handling the apex court verdict.
The party's top leader discussed the political and legal fallout's of the Supreme Court verdict on the Babri Masjid demolition that has come as a setback to the party' sidelined veterans including Advani.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Amit Shah, union ministers Arun Jaitley, Rajnath Singh, Nitin Gadkari, and M Venkaiah Naidu held a two hour meeting at Modi's residence but a senior party leader played down the meeting's significance, sayig it had number of issues, including the Kashmir crises, oi its agenda and insisted that it was a pre-scheduled meeting.
Some advised that the party would not like the message to go out that the "heroes" of its most resonant Hindutva movement, spearheaded by Advani in early 90s, were tried for criminal conspiracy when it was in power at the Center as well in Uttar Pradesh.
However, senior leader and Law Minsiter Ravi Shankar Prasad said the party will study in detail the court verdict before stating any comment.
Prasad assured that BJP highly respects its leaders like Advani and Joshi.
The party stated that the demolition of the mosque was not planned but an act of impulsively anxious 'Kar sevaks' and there was no conspiracy behind its razing on December 6, 1992 at the dispute site in Ayodhya.
The uneasy relationship that Modi and Shah share with Advani and Joshi does not help the party.
Many critics of the BJPs leadership have alleged that the verdict suits the party's interest as it gives them reason not to consider either any of the two veterans for the post of the President or vice-president.
RJD chief Lalu Prasad, who as Bihar Chief Minister had ordered Advani's arrest during his 'rath yatra', alleged that it was Modi's "well thought-out politics" to rule out Advani's name for the President's post.
Today, the court ordered that the trail be completed in two years means that a verdict in the case will come around the time of the next Vidhan Sabha polls 2019, and may result in bringing back NJP's core issue of Ram temple construction into limelight.
For now, how Advani and Joshi may react to the developments in the days to come is also an issue in the party.
While, some leaders said their criticism of the party'd leadership since Modi took over as prime minister and Shah as its chief did not cut much ice with either the cadre or the masses.
But as long as the Ram temple movement remains an emotional issue on the plate of the party, things can take a different turn this time.
The development has also given a chance to Hindutva outfit's to pressure the government over the issue.
VHP international president Pravin Togandia demanded that the central government appeal against the court verdict and also take measures to pave the way for the temple's construction.