Majority of political and religious leaders have welcomed the SC order for mediation in the Ayodhya dispute.
However, some leaders from Muslim community and Left parties disapproved of the presence of spiritual leader Sri Sri Ravi Shankar on the mediation panel.
A number of senior BJP leaders made it clear that building Ram temple at the disputed site in Ayodhya is the only way out of the impasse. Union Minister Uma Bharti said one has to respect the SC order but asserted that the Ram temple must be built at the disputed site in Ayodhya and a mosque outside its vicinity.
The All India Muslim Personal Law Board (AIMPLB) welcomed the SC order. “It would be most befitting,” AIMPLB general secretary Maulana Wali Rehmani told media.
Mahant Ram Das of the Nirmohi Akhara, one of the main litigants in the case, too welcomed the setting up of a panel of mediators, but said it would have been better had a Hindu judge, connected with the case, been included in it. He added that besides the mediation efforts, the court hearing in the matter should also go on simultaneously so as to see that the case does not get prolonged further if the litigants are not satisfied.
In reference to Sri Sri, AIMIM chief Asaduddin Owaisi said he should act in an “unbiased” manner.
BJP MP Subramanian Swamy said, “There is no question of not building a temple where we believe Lord Ram was born.”
Saturday, 09 March 2019 | PNS | New Delhi
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