No compromise on the construction of Ram Mandir in Ayodhya: Hindu leaders responds to SC Order for Mediation

Reactions from various parties on the Supreme Court decision to appoint a three-member mediation committee on Ram Mandir dispute

Reactions from various parties on the Supreme Court decision to appoint a three-member mediation committee on the Ram Mandir dispute
Reactions from various parties on the Supreme Court decision to appoint a three-member mediation committee on the Ram Mandir dispute

In general many political and religious leaders welcomed the Supreme Court’s order for mediation on Wednesday with right-wing leaders stressed that Ram Mandir construction in Ayodhya would be the ultimate aim, certain Muslim leaders and Left leaders expressed apprehensions of spiritual leader Sri Sri Ravi Shankar in the mediation panel.

BSP leader Mayawati called the move “appreciable”.  “Hon’ble Supreme Court’s order to constitute in-camera mediation (in Faizabad) in order to resolve the Ayodhya matter seems an honest effort. Hon’ble Court looking for ‘a possibility of healing relationships’ is an appreciable move. BSP welcomes it,” she said on Twitter.

A number of senior BJP leaders made it clear Friday that building Ram temple at the disputed site in Ayodhya is the only way out of the impasse, soon after the Supreme Court ordered a time-bound mediation to resolve the long-pending issue. Union minister Uma Bharti said one has to respect the Supreme Court order but asserted that she stands for building the Ram temple at the disputed site in Ayodhya and a mosque can be built only outside its vicinity.

BJP MP Subramanian Swamy, who also a filed petition on fundamental right to pray at Ram Mandir stressed that the construction of Ram temple is non-negotiable. “There is no question of not building a temple where we believe Lord Ram was born,” he said adding that he will present his views before the mediation panel.

“The Supreme Court set up three eminent persons mediation committee is welcome. But the Committee will have to first map the problem within the space determined by the parameters so far set by Supreme Court starting from the 1994 Constitutional Bench judgment and ending with the judgment of the three-judge bench judgment of Sept 27, 2018. Masjid is not an essential part of Islamic theology and hence it can be shifted or demolished by the government.  Worshipping in a Temple built on faith that it is on the birthplace of Sri Rama is a fundamental right under the Constitution. Such a temple cannot be shifted.

“A claim by a Suit to the title of the property is just an ordinary right and is superseded or overpowered by a fundamental right to the same property. Hence the Hindus’ right to re-building the demolished temple is guaranteed by the Constitution.  Union Government in 1993 nationalised the entire 67.07 acres including the 0.313 acres disputed land. Supreme Court cannot question that. But title holders are entitled to compensation including alternative sites from the government. Hence the only solution is Ram Temple in Ayodhya Ram Janmabhoomi and masjid in Ambedkar or Lucknow districts where there is a Muslim population,” said Swamy in a statement.

In an apparent reference to Sri Sri Ravi Shankar, AIMIM chief Asaduddin Owaisi said he should act in an “unbiased” manner.  “It would have been better had the Supreme Court appointed a neutral person. One of the members of the panel had threatened Muslims that India would become Syria and I hope that he keeps those thoughts out of his mind while being on the mediation panel. We welcome the decision,” he told reporters.

The All India Muslim Personal Law Board (AIMPLB) on Friday welcomed the Supreme Court referring the vexed Ram Janmabhoomi-Babri Masjid land dispute case for mediation, saying it would be most befitting that the matter is resolved through negotiations. “The Supreme Court has given this order and it needs to be welcomed…. It would be most befitting that the matter is resolved through dialogue…Let’s see what happens now,” 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.

BSP leader Mayawati called the move “appreciable”.  “Hon’ble Supreme Court’s order to constitute in-camera mediation (in Faizabad) in order to resolve the Ayodhya matter seems an honest effort. Hon’ble Court looking for ‘a possibility of healing relationships’ is an appreciable move. BSP welcomes it,” she said on Twitter.

CPI(M) leader Brinda Karat said the previous mediation efforts had failed to yield results but this time, the Supreme Court is monitoring it and all the parties who have gone to the court are in agreement with the decision and it is to be seen what the result will be.

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4 COMMENTS

  1. BJP lead government did not understand majority community sentiments and 100 crores Hindus “identity” is equally important at the backdrop of over 100 Christian nations and over 40 Islamic countries on this Globe.

    Any government on being voted to power will be compelled to do “infra development” either slow pace, medium pace , fast pace or too fast!

    Self pride and self respect of our ancient civilization is not going into the head of certain BJP leaders who seems to have swallowed secularism nectar and infected with Lutyens club virus.

  2. Both Hindu and Muslim should come forward for the construction of a splendid Ram Temple at Ayodhya.Indians in general have a strong feelings in India and abroad that like ‘kaba’ for Muslims and ‘vatican ‘for Christians, a Ram Temple at Ayodhya should be constructed. A splendid Ram Temple at Ayodhya can only give a solace to historical injustice faced by billion of Hindus Worldwide.

  3. BJP has risen from 2 to 281, Ram Mandir issue playing an important role. People also voted in 2014 for one of the main reason that BJP would build a Ram Temple. But in the last 4.75 years nothing pro active has been done. we are disappointed with BJP on this issue. Modi ji please understand that our self respect is as important as development. Pl fulfill this promise, atleast, of your 2014 manifesto.

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