Union Minister Uma Bharti, who had announced a visit to Ayodhya to offer prayers to Ram Lala, cancelled her programme on Wednesday after the Supreme Court revived the conspiracy charge against her in the 1992 Babri Masjid demolition case.
"I am ready to face whatever punishment it takes for construction of a temple at Ayodhya or be it on issue of cleaning of the Ganga, the tricolour or the cow".
If I would have gone there, this would have turned into a political affair.
Senior party leader and Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad, however, asserted that his party highly respected its leaders - veterans L.K. Advani and Murli Manohar Joshi, along with Union Minister Uma Bharti and others - who are to be tried now.
Bharti had earlier said she will leave for Ayodhya tonight to seek Lord Ram's blessings for the construction of a temple. She further said that Ram Mandir needs to be built in Ayodhya. I was associated with the Ram temple movement with full confidence and pride.
"We welcome the decision of the Supreme Court". The Union Minister said, she is ready to face the trial.
Bharti said that at the same time she was not one to stick to any post, recalling she had quit chief minister of Madhya Pradesh over a decade ago, following a court order that convicted her in a case that involved the national flag.
With the Congress demanding Ms Bharti's resignation, she claimed that while Rajiv Gandhi was trying to "justify" the massacre of Sikhs during the 1984 anti-Sikh riots, Sonia Gandhi was with him. It also ruled out a fresh trial in the case. She insisted that everything "happened in the open.". "The Congress has no moral right to seek my resignation", she said.
The country's premier investigation agency has alleged that Mr Advani and the others had plotted the demolition and that they had held a secret meeting at the residence of Vinay Katiyar on the night before December 6, 1992, when lakhs of kar sevaks or volunteers pulled down the mosque. The trial will have to be completed in two years.