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Babri Masjid-Ram Mandir row: Who’s saying what on SC offer to mediate dispute

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New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Tuesday observed that dispute over construction of a Ram Mandir in Ayodhya must be settled amicably and all parties must hold discussion out of court to find an amicable solution to the issue which is both a sensitive and sentimental issue.

Offering to mediate to arrive at an amicable settlement, the apex court further observed that solutions for such religious disputes should be found through negotiations. The court’s remarks came as Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Subramanian Swamy sought an early hearing of his plea seeking to allow the building of a Ram Mandir at the site of the demolished Babri Masjid.

Here is how various stakeholders, political parties, and others have reacted to the Supreme Court observation on the Ram Mandir issue:

■ Babri Masjid Action Committee: “We are ready with chief Justice (of India) mediating... we trust him. We are also ready we if he nominates a team for hearing the matter. But out of court settlement is not possible. If SC passes an order in this regard, we will look into it,” said Zafaryab Jilani, convenor of the committee which is a party to the case.

■ Maulana Wali Rahmani, secretary general, AIMPLB: “We have trust in the chief justice and if he is there we are ready for talks.” Talks were held earlier also but it can be initiated again. But talks should not be long.”

■ AIMIM chief Asaduddin Owaisi: “Please remember Babri Masjid case is about title which Allahabad court wrongly decided as a Partnership case hence the appeal in apex court,” he said in a tweet.

In an another tweet, he said, “Waiting to hear about whether conspiracy charges will be held against (L.K.) Advani, (Murli Manohar) Joshi, Uma Bharati (Bharti) in Babri demolition case since....1992”.

■ BJP: “The Supreme Court has called for an out-of-court settlement between the aggrieved parties. The parties should resolve the issue amicably by talking to each other. We welcome this step and I believe they should have talks outside the court,” BJP spokesperson Sambit Patra told reporters in New Delhi.

■ Congress: “If all stakeholders on both sides can arrive at a mutually acceptable consensus based solution, it will go a long way in ensuring lasting peace, goodwill, mutual respect and brotherhood. Otherwise, Supreme Court should adjudicate the issue on merits,” Congress’ chief spokesperson Randeep Surjewala said. (PTI)

■ UP CM Yogi Adityanath: “We welcome the SC observation, and both parties should sit and talk.” (CNN-News18)

■ Manmohan Vaidya, RSS Prachar Pramukh: “Ram temple should be constructed either through a dialouge process or a legislation.” (PTI)

Dattatreya Hosabale, another RSS functionary said, ““It (Ram temple issue) is to be decided by the Dharam Sansad as they are the people who organised the entire Ram Janambhumi movement and the parties who went to the court. RSS will not decide. RSS will go by the Dharam Sansad’s decision. The issue should be settled at the earliest and a grand temple should be erected through the involvement of all Indians,” PTI quoted.

■ BJP leader Subramanian Swamy: “We were always ready. Mandir and Masjid should be built but Masjid should be built on other side of Sarayu river. The Ram Janambhoomi should be entirely for Ram Mandir. My suggestion is that Masjid be built on other side of the Sarayu river and Ram Janambhoomi be handed over for Ram Temple. We cannot change the birthplace of Ram, but Masjid can be made anywhere.”

■ Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP): “We will celebrate ‘Ram Mahotsav’ in 2 lakh villages across India and around 70,000 villages in UP. People will be told about the life of Lord Ram and we will also raise the demand for Ram Temple in Ayodhya. The temple must only be built on the exact spot where Ram was born. UP CM should not compromise on that,” CNN-News18 quoted Ishwari Prasad, VHP Zonal President for Western UP and Uttarakhand.

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