Assam Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi has come up with some interesting revelations in his autobiography ‘Turnaround: Leading Assam from the Front’. Gogoi, during his tenure in the Union Cabinet, had written a letter to Prime Minister Narasimha Rao after the Babri mosque demolition saying he should not have allowed this to happen but got no response.
Gogoi, who was the Union Minister of State (independent charge) for Food and then the Minister of State (independent charge) for Food Processing Industry in the Narasimha Rao Cabinet from 1991, describes Rao as a modern man who initiated several reforms during his tenure.
‘However, Rao did not have a hold over his party. I feel the way he handled the Babri mosque demolition was not appropriate. Breaking all conventions as a minister, I even wrote a letter telling him that he should not have allowed this to happen. He should have taken the leaders of the minority community into confidence. I was very critical as the demolition alienated the minorities from us. However, he did not respond to my letter,’ he writes in the book, published by HarperCollins India.