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Babri issue: Kalyan Singh for negotiated settlement

January 20, 2009 17:34 IST

Kalyan Singh, who was the Uttar Pradesh [Images] Chief Minister at the time of demolition of the Babri Masjid, on Tuesday suggested a negotiated settlement of the vexed Ram Janmbhomi-Babri Masjid tangle.

"All concerned parties, including the prominent Muslim clerics, saints and sadhus, intellectuals, historians and archaeologists, should sit together and find out an amicable solution to the dispute keeping in mind that the sentiments of no group or community are hurt," Singh said.

Singh, who quit the BJP on Tuesday, said that when he was the chief minister, he had initiated steps to this effect but before a settlement could be reached, his government had to go.

Singh said that he was confident that a mutually agreed settlement to the problem was possible.

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