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Shashikant Pandya, Deesa MLA and BJP Hindutva face, may find place in cabinet

The BJP in Gujarat polls played a soft Hindutva card but many strong Hindutva faces were in fray this time. Among these, Deesa’s winning candidate Shashikant Pandya, 54, is believed to be a dark horse. Pandya, a RSS Pracharak, is a bachelor and is believed to be very close to PM Narendra Modi and BJP chief Amit Shah.Pandya was among the Karsevaks who participated in demolition of Babri Masjid in Ayodhya. Pandya said, “I had gone in 1990 for Kar Seva, but we were dragged by police in riverbed of Sarayu near Ayodhya. Mulayam Singh Yadav kept us in jail for many days. All Kar Sevaks had to face very tough time in Tihar prison. Then, I was one of the crowd who climbed up to the peak of the controversial structure of Babri Masjid and demolished it.”Pandya had also participated in BJP’s movement to unfurl the Tricolour in Lal Chowk of Srinagar in Jammu and Kashmir during the tense days. Keeping the Hindutva image of Pandya in mind, BJP leaders offered him the ticket for Assembly polls from Deesa constituency in Banaskantha.Pandya said, “Deesa was hit by massive flood in July this year and people faced a lot of hardships. I and other RSS volunteers camped in the affected areas and helped locals. This was the turning point, and perhaps the high command considered me to be a candidate for the Deesa seat. Over 50 RSS Swayamsevaks stayed put in Deesa for poll campaigning and that helped me win against Congress sitting MLA Gova Rabari.”A senior BJP leader in Gujarat said, “Pandya is very promising leader. He is very close to PM and Amitbhai. It is possible that he may get berth in Vijay Rupani’s cabinet and may become minister of state for home. His Hindutva image makes him a dark horse in the race of Gujarat politics.” Pandya was a standing committee chairman in Deesa Municipality. He is an Arts graduate and is associated with the construction business and agriculture activity. He won with a margin of more than 14,500 votes against Rabari.A BJP leader from Banaskantha said, “Some senior leaders of BJP did not want Pandya to win and they tried a lot to make him lose in the polls. However, Pandya is a grassroot level worker and has been associated with RSS and BJP for more than 30 years. It was his Hindutva image and work that earned him the victory, walking against all odds.”

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Padmavati, Babri issues are attempts to divide India: Professor Ram Puniyani

Padmavati row, Babri Masjid issue and incident at Rajsamand are attempts to divide India, and are a reflection of a deep-rooted patriarchy, said Professor Ram Puniyani, former engineer and human rights activist. He said this while speaking at a public lecture organised by Budget Analysis Rajasthan Centre and Action Aid India, Jaipur.“The Padmavati issue indicates two things — one is how British succeeded in dividing. Second, I think, this is also a reflection of deep set patriarchy which is increasing with divisiveness. The politics in the name of religion – Christian fundamentalism, Taliban, or Hindu Fundamentalism – all based on extreme patriarchy. In this extreme form, it is more like ‘our women and their women’, as if they are the owners of the women. Inter-religious marriages are looked down. Bajirao Mastani was also released, nobody opposed that,” Puniyani said.“Karni Sena feels it is their government everywhere, so they can go on a rampage. They feel their hooliganism will not be punished. Karni Sena is not a very thought out project. It is a fall-out project of Hindu nationalism,” he added.On the Rajsamand incident, the award-winning speaker on communal harmony, said violence comes out of hatred which is manufactured in the society while love is a natural phenomenon.“This hate is a part of a political ideology, which wants to divide the society, and wants to make a nation of people belonging to one religion. This is counter-productive for our development,” Puniyani said.While speaking about the Babri Masjid issue which marked completion of 25 years recently, he said that it should not be given further flair up. Whatever is decided by the Supreme Court should be followed. SC should also consider that rather than temple or mosque, something socially useful could be developed.“We need to come back to the values of Hindu Bhakti saints and Sufi saints. We need to uphold Ganga-Jamni Tehzeeb, the values of freedom movement, and in the principles of Indian constitution which believe in Liberty, Equality, Fraternity,” Puniyani explained.

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Rajasthan Muslim Forum organises prayer meet

“The demolition that took place on December 6, 1992, is a disgrace to the nation. All parties related to the issue should patiently wait for the judicial decision on the same. Also, the decision taken by the court should be accepted with honours,” said Sawai Singh, Rajasthan head, Forum for Democracy and Communal Amity (FDCA).”
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<!–end of artlbotbor–><!–end of artlsocl–>Written Bydna Correspondent <!–end of artlbotbor–>Thursday 7 December 2017 6:45 ISTMust readPresident Standards conferred on three armoured regimentsPunters bet big on Cong in Gujarat<!–end of artlmustredbx–><!–end of articllftpbx–>Rajasthan Muslim Forum marked the demolition of Babri Masjid by organising a prayer meeting at a mosque in Moti Dungri area on Wednesday. The focus was on the demand about the increase in the pace of the court proceedings of all the pending cases related to the demolition and ownership of Babri Masjid that is being dealt under the supervision of All India Muslim Personal Law Board. The attendees demanded pace in the court cases against the accused asked for strict punishment for them.A resolution was also passed which stated that, “A case should be filed against the political and social leaders who are making instigative statements and are supporting the construction of a temple in place of Babri Masjid.” The speakers claimed that the issue of Babri Masjid is not communal but is an issue of freedom of practicing a religion.“The demolition that took place on December 6, 1992, is a disgrace to the nation. All parties related to the issue should patiently wait for the judicial decision on the same. Also, the decision taken by the court should be accepted with honours,” said Sawai Singh, Rajasthan head, Forum for Democracy and Communal Amity (FDCA).
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Didn’t represent Sunni Waqf board in SC, PM should be more careful: Kapil Sibal

Senior Congress leader and lawyer Kapil Sibal on Wednesday clarified that he never represented Sunni Waqf Board in Supreme Court during the Ayodhya hearing on Tuesday. This clarification comes after both PM Modi and Amit Shah attacked Kapil Sibal for trying to delay the hearing and demanded Congress party to make their stance clear. Amit Shah post Sunni Waqf Board’s statement that they want the case to be hear soon, said that Kapil Sibal was representing Congress view in Supreme Court on the behest of ‘High Command’.However, this is what Kapil Sibal, the man in the eye of the controversy has to say. Speaking to ANI, Sibal said, ” Our PM comments without knowing things sometimes. Amit Shah & he said I represented Sunni Waqf Board. I was never a Sunni Waqf Board lawyer”. Regarding the entire controversy, Sibal said that, ” Will discussion on my going to the court & representing someone solve serious problems in the country? If yes, then PM should say so. Issuing statements won’t help India in anyway, it’ll just take the nation towards controversies”.Kapil Sibal urged PM Modi to be ‘more careful’ and further went on to say, Also readPM Modi attacks Congress, Kapil Sibal for linking Ram Mandir with Lok Sabha electionsRegarding the timing of building a Ram temple in Ayodhya, Sibal said, ” We believe in the Lord, we don’t believe in you Modi ji. You are not going to build that temple, it will be done when God wants it. The court will decide”. Sibal on Supreme Court said that since the court’s decision in the case would have “very serious ramifications”, the hearing be deferred till July 2019 by which time the general election would be over.His contention was, however, not accepted by the court which decided to hear the matter on February 8 next year.Prime Minister Narendra Modi today castigated senior Congress leader and lawyer Kapil Sibal for seeking deferment of hearing of the Ram Janmabhoomi- Babri Masjid title dispute till after the 2019 general elections, and wondered if such an issue should be kept unresolved for political gains and losses.On the campaign trail in Gujarat, Modi recalled how his government decided to oppose ‘triple talaq’ in the Supreme Court risking a possible backlash in the Uttar Pradesh Assembly elections.He also pitched for simultaneous elections to the Lok Sabha and state Assemblies. “Yesterday, Sibal advocated the cause of the Muslim community. He has the right to do it and we do not have any problem with it. You can present your argument quoting all facts and laws to save Babri Masjid.”But you dare say that the case should not be heard till 2019 elections. You want to stop the hearing of Ram temple (issue) in the name of elections,” Modi told a well attended election rally here in Ahmedabad district. Modi said now he understands why the Congress kept many issues unresolved, without elaborating but implying that it was done to derive political mileage.”Does the Waqf Board fight elections? Are these thoughts of delaying the hearing for elections that of the Waqf Board? The elections in the country are being fought by the Congress party. You want to keep the issue unresolved for political gain and losses in the elections?” Modi asked the Congress. He, however, noted that the Congress has said the views expressed by Sibal, who represents the Sunni Waqf Board in the case in the Supreme Court, were his own.With agency inputs
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‘Politics of deception’ was accepted as mainstream after Babri Masjid demolition: Lalu Yadav

Rashtriya Janata Dal​ (RJD) chief Lalu Prasad Yadav on Wednesday said the demolition of Babri Masjid 25 years ago in Ayodhya was the beginning of the era in India when “politics of deception” was accepted as a mainstream. In an open letter to “fellow citizens” on the 25th Anniversary of Babri Masjid demolition, Lalu wrote, “I do not need to remind you that this was no demolition of a mere mosque. It was, in its effect, a beginning of the era in India when politics of deception and trickery of the Sangh Parivar and the BJP was accepted as a mainstream way of doing politics. the day was the “beginning of the era in India when politics of deception and trickery of the Sangh Parivar and the BJP was accepted as a mainstream way of doing politics.””The ideology that killed Bapu has an innate relationship with the Hindu right and has wreaked havoc on the social fabric of India,” the former Bihar Chief Minister wrote. He said the people “will eventually see the ruling ideology of hate for what it is.” Also readBabri Masjid demolition day: Centre issues advisory, VHP to ‘celebrate’ in Ayodhya Lalu alleged that the Bhartiya Janta Party(BJP) leader Lal Krishna Advani had given his word that the mosque would not be damaged but he went back on it. “He was truer to his political ideology of hate and violence than to the Constitution of India and to the good of the nation. His ecstatic happiness and euphoric hugging of his colleagues as the Babri Mosque demolition was perpetrated has been captured in iconic photographs of the cataclysmic event,” Lalu wrote in thehinducentre.com. Also readResponsible for razing Babri Masjid, 3 guilt-ridden karsevaks have embraced IslamSpeaking of the events leading up to December 6, when the disputed structure in Ayodhya was demolished by karsevaks, Lalu said the then Prime Minister Narsimha Raoji and his government did not deem it necessary to take preventive or even precautionary measures as they “chose to trust Advaniji’s word.” Of Kalyan Singh, who was the Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh at the time of the incident, Lalu said he dishonoured an affidavit he filed in the Supreme Court of India. “The will to dishonour the constitution runs deep in BJP’s culture and ideology,” Lalu said. Lalu said that the demolition of Babri Masjid is a “potent symbol of the failure of social contract of the Indian state with its Muslim citizens.” “Today, if Muslims feel that they have been rendered redundant in the Indian politics, it is a sad day for our democracy,” he added. Also readAyodhya case: Firm Supreme Court schedules Feb hearingHe said it is not just that Muslims are being attacked and lynched but that opposition, judiciary, NGOs and media have all been “threatened to fall in line.” Urging people “not to repose all your trust, unquestioningly, in one political party,” Lalu said, “Absolute submission to one party’s vision—no matter how good it sounds to your ears—is the sure path to authoritarianism. A healthy opposition is important for a democracy to survive.”
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PM Modi attacks Congress, Kapil Sibal for linking Ram Mandir with Lok Sabha elections

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday attacked the Congress party and senior leader Kapil Sibal for linking Ram Mandir issue with politics.Senior Congress leader Kapil Sibal, who is appearing for one of the parties in Supreme Court, had appealed that the matter be heard in July 2019 after completion of the next Lok Sabha polls as the atmosphere at present was not conducive.However, reacting to that, Modi said, “Yesterday in the SC, a Congress MP Kapil Sibal was arguing (which is his right) for the Babri Masjid. He is entitled to do that but is it right for him to say: postpone hearing till 2019? Why does he have to link a Ram Mandir with elections? Is such thinking proper,” the Prime Minister asked while addressing a rally in Gujarat’s Dhandhuka.Also readGujarat Elections 2017 | Congress visited calamity-hit areas a week later: PM Narendra ModiHe further added, “Now Congress is linking Ram Mandir with elections. They are least bothered about the nation.”Coincidently, today is the 25th anniversary of the Babri Masjid demolition in Ayodhya.Supreme Court has decided to hear the civil appeals filed by various parties challenging the 2010 Allahabad High Court verdict on the Ram Janmabhoomi- Babri Masjid title dispute on February 8 next year.Also readGujarat elections 2017: A day after manifesto, Rahul Gandhi says Modi has no plans for Guj’s futureBJP spokesperson G V L Narasimha Rao also tried to corner the opposition Congress over Sibal’s submission in the apex court.”By seeking deferment of the Ayodhya case until after the 2019 Lok Sabha polls, Kapil Sibal has politicised the legal dispute. The Congress must clarify if Sibal is representing it or the Sunni Waqf Board? Or, is it the case that the board and the Congress are working in tandem?” he asked.The Congress, however, distanced itself from Sibal’s argument in the court.”Congress has nothing to do with it as it’s Kapil Sibal’s personal matter who he represents in court,” Congress spokesperson Randeep Surjewala said.Also readAyodhya case: Firm Supreme Court schedules Feb hearing
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Babri Masjid demolition day: Centre issues advisory, VHP to ‘celebrate’ in Ayodhya

Ahead of the anniversary of the demolition of Babri Masjid, the Centre has asked all states to remain cautious and ensure that there was peace and no incident of communal tension anywhere in the country.In a communication to the states and union territories, the Union home ministry urged them to deploy adequate security forces at sensitive places and maintain extra vigil so that attempts to disturb peace could be foiled, a ministry official said today. The 25th anniversary of the Babri Masjid demolition could lead to demonstrations, protests and dharna by “both communities”, the ministry said, without naming them.So precautionary measures have to be taken and utmost vigil and alertness maintained to ensure peace and communal harmony, the home ministry said in the advisory sent recently. The demolition of the Babri Masjid on December 6, 1992, in Ayodhya, Uttar Pradesh, was followed by riots in which hundreds of people were killed. Home ministry officials said most of the state governments were expected to deploy additional forces in sensitive places, religious sites, markets, bus terminals and railway stations so that law and order could be maintained. On a Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) call, entire Ayodhya will be decorated with ‘diyas’ on Wednesday to celebrate the silver jubilee anniversary of the Babri Mosque demolition. The VHP Spokesperson Sharad Sharma told DNA that grand celebrations are in store to mark the silver jubilee anniversary of Babri Mosque demolition. “All homes and temples in Ayodhya would be decorated with diyas and a torch procession would be taken out on Wednesday to celebrate the occasion,” said Sharma.The VHP has also organized Surya Sankalp Sabha at the Karsewakpuram to take a pledge for the construction of grand Ram temple at the disputed site. “Prominent sadhus and saints associated with the Ram temple movement will administer an oath to people to renew their pledge for the construction of the Ram temple at the earliest,” said the VHP Spokesperson. Sharma said that a unanimous decision was taken at the Dharm Sansad in Udipi (Karnataka) to construct Ram temple at the earliest. The Dharam Sansad had also made it clear that no mosque would be allowed near the temple, he added.“Our preparations are in full swing and we are only awaiting the Supreme Court final verdict to begin the construction of the Ram temple, clamed he. A booklet, containing matter related to Lord Ram birthplace, will also be released on the occasion. The same would be distributed across the country. Earlier, the Yogi Adityanath government had recreated Treta Yuga on the eve of Diwali by decorating Saryu ghats with 1.80 lakh diyas. The feat got a place in the Guinness Books of World Records. With PTI inputs
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Samhati Divas: TMC minority cell members rue clubbing of GST, intolerance issues with Babri demolition protest

As the ruling Trinamool Congress prepares to observe Samhati Divas or Communal Harmony Day on December 6 to mark 25 years of Babri Masjid demolition, members of the minority cell of Trinamool Congress expressed their dissatisfaction alleging that the responsibility to organise the event was initially given to them but later shifted to the youth wing of the party.“We were told that we would be organising the event on Mayo Road near Gandhiji’s statue and we had begun preparation about a month ago but recently we were told that it would be put up by the Youth TMC,” said a senior leader of the minority cell.He also said that a lot of sheen had been taken off the event as it had been merged with several issues. “This year it is especially important as it completes 25 years of the demolition of Babri Masjid. People had taken out marches with hoardings in order to spread awareness and urge people to assemble at the venue on the day but the hoarding which people carried said the issue had been clubbed with others such as implementation of GST and intolerance of the Central government,” he added.Also readBabri Masjid case: Supreme Court to commence final hearing from todayAnother minority cell leader said that there is hardly any picture of any minority leader in the hoardings. “The pictures are that of Mamata Banerjee and youth president Abhishek Banerjee who are not minority leaders. It is a big day and a day of mourning for members of the minority section and that is not represented in the hoardings. It will end up being another event of Modi-bashing by the TMC leadership,” he said preferring anonymity.TMC minority cell president and party MLA Haji Nurul Islam however, maintained that there was no problem in organising the event. “It depends upon the party supremo Mamata Banerjee who decides which cell would organise it and this time it is the Youth TMC which is doing it along with the minority cell,” he said talking to DNA. Asked about the photographs of Mamata and Abhishek, he said, “Mamata’s photos are always there on all hoardings according to protocol and Abhishek is the youth wing chief so what is wrong in it since the youth wing is organising the event. We have been working according to the instruction of the party,” he told.
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1990 Ayodhya firing: Mulayam Singh Yadav killed my husband, Kar Sevak’s widow files case after 27 years

Twenty seven years after 1990 firing in Ayodhya, a widow of a Kar Sevak has filed a case of murder and conspiracy against then Chief Minister and Samajwadi Party patriarch Mulayam Singh Yadav.Gayatri Devi, whose husband Ramesh Kumar Pandey was killed in firing in Ayodhya on November 2 1990, has filed a case against Muayam Singh Yadav under Sections 120-B and 302 of the Indian Penal Code. The case comes 27 years after firing on the Kar Sevaks in Ayodhya on the Yadav’s orders.In her petition, filed in the Court of the Additional Chief Judicial Magistarte (ACJM) in Ayodhya, Gayatri Devi stated that Yadav has on a number of occasions publicly admitted that he had ordered firing on Kar Sevaks.Also read’Aur maarna padta toh suraksha bal maartey,’ Mulayam Singh Yadav justifies 1990 firing on karsevaks in Ayodhya“Since he (Mulayam Singh Yadav) has publicly admitted to issue orders for firing on Kar sevaks in which my husband was also killed, he (Mulayam Singh Yadav) should be charged with murder and conspiracy to kill my husband and other unarmed Kar Sevaks,” she pleaded.Gayatri Devi was particularly annoyed with the Samjwadi Party patriarch’s recent statement on his birthday on November 22 in which he said that “he would have ordered more killings of Kar Sevaks, if required, to save the country’s unity and integrity.”Also readMulayam Singh Yadav celebrates low-key birthday with son Akhilesh; brothers Shivpal, Ram Gopal stay away On his birthday, Mulayam Singh Yadav had also said that Samajwadi Party had got more seats after firing on Kar Seavks in Ayodhya than what it has got in 2017 Assembly polls.A total of 28 Kar Sevaks, including Gayatri Devi’s husband Ramesh Kumar Pandey, were killed when Yadav had ordered firing on them when they tried to march towards Babri Masjid on October 30 and November 2 1990.Also readAyodhya row: Welcome your efforts but won’t give up claim on Babri Masjid land, Muslim bodies to Sri Sri Ravi ShankarDuring hearing in the case against Mulayam Singh Yadav, Gayatri Devi’s counsel Vishal Srivastava also pleaded that the widow of the slain Kar Sewak has four children and her husband was the only bread earner in the family.“After his death in the firing, she had faced a lot of difficulties in raising four children without any financial support from state government,” pointed the Counsel.After admitting widow’s writ petition, the ACJM Court in Ayodhya has reserved its judgment which may land septuagenarian Mulayam Singh Yadav in trouble for publicly admitting his orders to open fire on Kar Sevaks.
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Remembering 26/11 | Resolve Ayodhya issue to end terrorism: MN Singh

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The government should resolve Ayodhya issue at the earliest and resolve it through mutual negotiations by arriving at an amicable solution if the problem of terrorism in India has to end. Other things can be taken up later on, former Mumbai police commissioner MN Singh told DNA on the eve of the ninth anniversary of 26/11.”Whether one likes it or not minorities are feeling a little uneasy in their minds. After this government came there is great anxiety in their minds. No efforts were made to resolve the Ram temple-Babri Masjid dispute in three and half years. Hindus will definitely like that the temple is built up there as they are not going to settle down for anything less than it. The government is eminently poised to take the initiative. Instead of doing that lot of other things are talked about such as Love Jihad, beef ban. It has created more tension and controversy.””We have done a great deal but there is always a possibility as far as that discontent element is there and that internal support base remains,” Singh said. He added that there have been 12 terrorist attacks in Mumbai in the last 24 years, and from 1992-93 onwards all of them were the handiwork of Muslim groups. According to Singh, the 26/11 attack was an invasion by Pakistan carried out by 10 well-trained fidayins with local support.”You may have security infrastructure but as long as there is anxiety and some discontent there will always be terror attacks in the country. In our country what has been going on is a threat from Islamic forces,” Singh said. He further added that there are two aspects of terrorism in India — one is internal and the other external.

Six Left-wing parties to observe 25th anniversary of Babri mosque demolition as ‘Black Day’

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Six Left parties will observe the 25th anniversary of the demolition of Babri Masjid in Ayodhya on December 6 as ‘Black Day’ all over the country.The CPI(M), CPI, RSP, AIFB, CPI(ML) and the SUCI(C) on Wednesday gave a call to all their units in the country to protest against the “wilful demolition of the Babri Masjid”.”The Left parties call upon all their units in the country to observe December 6 as a ‘Black Day’ and to strengthen in the current context the struggle against communal polarisation being patronised and encouraged by the central as well as many BJP-led state governments,” the Left parties said in a statement.The parties alleged that the “brazen act” of the demolition was accomplished under the “direct gaze of the authorities and law enforcing agencies under a Congress central government and a complicit BJP government in Uttar Pradesh”.”It remains the severest of attacks on the secular, democratic foundations of the modern republic,” the statement says.The Left parties have also accused the RSS and the BJP of patronising “private armies” that “are acting like a law unto themselves”.”The gau rakshaks (cow vigilantes) of today are on a rampage, attacking dalits and Muslims over fabricated allegations of cow slaughter. Moral policing squads are prescribing what our youths should wear, eat, or whom they should befriend.”Instead of upholding the law of the land and proscribing such private armies, senior BJP leaders, including ministers in the central and various state governments have openly endorsed, patronised, and promoted such private armies and rationalised or even celebrated their violent actions,” the Left parties said.On December 6, which is also the death anniversary of B R Ambedkar, the Left parties will “mount a campaign against the intensification of the assaults on Dalits across the country and on the secular democratic values of our Constitution by the communal forces”.

In Ayodhya, Sri Sri Ravi Shankar says ‘let me talk to everyone on Ram temple’ – 10 updates

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A day after meeting Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, Art of Living founder Sri Sri Ravi Shankar reached Ayodhya on Thursday to meet all stakeholders in Ram Mandir issue.The meeting comes days ahead of the final hearing of the Babri Masjid dispute,which is slated to begin next month.Here are 10 major updates from this story:1: Sri Sri Ravi Shankar reached the temple town in morning amid tight security. He is in Ayodhya to mediate the talks for an out-of-court settlement in the Ram Janmabhoomi-Babri Masjid dispute.2: Ahead of the series of meetings that include discussion with Nirmohi Akhada and other claimants in the case, Sri Sri sounded positive.3: Talking to media, he said that ‘the environment is positive. People want to come out of this conflict.’4: However, as a hint of reality check he also added that ‘I know it is not easy. Let me talk to everyone. It is too early to reach a conclusion’5: Though many have welcomed the initiative by the spiritual leader, there are some who don’t exactly seem him as answer to the two decade old dispute.6: One of the most vociferous voices against Sri Sri’s mediation include that of former BJP lawmaker Ram Vilas Vedanti.7: He alleged that the Art of Living founder ‘jumped into Ayodhya issue to avoid into his personal wealth.’ Slamming the spritual leader’s visit, Vedanti asked, ‘Who is Sri Sri Ravi Shankar to mediate? He should continue running his NGO and hoarding foreign funds.’8: The Yogi Adityanath government, however, has remained tight-lipped on the entire issue.9: Even after the meeting with Sri Sri, CM Yogi had said that ‘it was a courtesy call.’10: The 16th century Mughal-era Babri Masjid was demolished in 1992 sparking major riots that killed over 2,000 people.

Ram temple issue: Shia Waqf Board chief meets Sri Sri Ravi Shankar, says talks with those who want agreement

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Uttar Pradesh Shia Waqf Board chief Wasim Rizvi on Tuesday met Sri Sri Ravi Shankar in Bengaluru over the Ram Temple issue. “I have requested Sri Sri Ravi Shankar that talks should be held only with those who want an agreement,” he was quoted as saying by ANI. According to media reports, he said that he doesn’t give importance to those religious leaders who talk about violence. He further said that they don’t have any legal status in the dispute. He said that the whole country respects Ravi Shankar and he will help resolve the issue. Wasim Rizvi met Ravi Shankar to explore the option of an out-of-court settlement of the Ram Janmabhoomi-Babri Masjid dispute in Ayodhya.The meeting comes days after the Art of Living Foundation confirmed that its founder Sri Sri Ravi Shankar was in touch with several imams and swamis, including Acharya Ram Das of Nirmohi Akhara, to help find an out-of-court settlement to the disputed Ramjanmabhoomi-Babri Masjid site at Ayodhya.Earlier, the Shia Central Waqf Board of Uttar Pradesh had in August told the Supreme Court that a mosque could be built in a Muslim- dominated area at a reasonable distance from the disputed site in Ayodhya.The All India Muslim Personal Law Board (AIMPLB) has denied holding any meeting with the Art of Living founder.A three-judge bench comprising Justices Dipak Misra, Ashok Bhushan and SA Nazeer has been constituted by former chief justice JS Khehar to hear a batch of petitions challenging the Allahabad High Court verdict in the Ayodhya land dispute case from August 11.The Lucknow bench of the Allahabad High Court had in 2010 ruled a three-way division of the disputed 2.77 acres area at the Ram Janambhoomi-Babri masjid site in Ayodhya.(With inputs from Zee News)

HC seeks trial court data in suit against Pranab

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Delhi High Court (HC) on Monday sought the trial court records of a suit filed against former President Pranab Mukherjee. The suit sought deletion of some portions of his book, which allegedly hurt the religious sentiments of Hindus.The plea was filed last year, against Mukherjee’s book Turbulent Years 1980-1996. The lower court had earlier rejected the plea for deletion of portions that “hurt” religious sentiments of Hindus. Justice PS Teji fixed the next date of hearing on February 14.The suit in the trial court was filed by a social worker and a group of lawyers, objecting to certain references in the book to the demolition of Babri Masjid in Ayodhya in 1992. Appearing for the plaintiffs, Advocate Vishnu Shankar Jain argued that the lower court wrongly dismissed the suit on the ground that there was no cause of action.He contended before the HC that there was cause of action when the book was published on January 28, 2016, and also on September 5, 2016, when the two-month notice issued by the plaintiffs for deletion of portions of the book had expired.The plaintiffs’ advocates had claimed before the trial court that a civil suit can be filed against the President during his tenure in respect of any act done by him in his “personal capacity”.The President’s counsel had, however, opposed the plea before the trial court, stating that it was not maintainable.BABRI REFERENCEThe suit was filed by a social worker and a group of lawyers, objecting to certain references in the book to the demolition of Babri Masjid in Ayodhya in 1992
The next date of hearing is set for February 14

Can build Babri Mosque away from Mandir: Shia body

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>In a move that could result in peaceful solution to the Ram Mandir-Babri Masjid dispute, the Shia Central Waqf Board of Uttar Pradesh told the Supreme Court a mosque could be built in a Muslim-dominated area at a “reasonable distance” from the disputed site in Ayodhya. Syed Waseem Rizvi, Chairman of UP Shia Central Board of Waqfs, disputed the claim of Sunni Waqf Board over the area.In an affidavit, he said that the Babri Masjid site was its property and only it was entitled to hold negotiations for an amicable settlement of the dispute.It has also sought setting up of a committee for exploring an amicable resolution of the vexatious issue.The 30-page affidavit also says that the Sunni Central Waqf Board was under the dominant control of Sunni “hardliners, fanatics and non-believers in peaceful co-existence who have absolutely no stake in the present case.”The affidavit assumes significance as it has been filed within a few days of the apex court agreeing to fast-track the hearing on a batch of appeals challenging the Allahabad High Court verdict on the land dispute in the case.This is the first time a front-line Muslim organisation has supported the demand of various Hindu bodies on the Ayodhya issue. It has often been suggested by some Hindu organisations that Ram temple should be allowed to be constructed at the disputed site while a mosque could be built at a distance away from the area.Favouring the construction of the mosque at a “reasonable distance” from the site, the Shia body said, “Closeness of places of worship, i.e, Masjid and Mandir of the two litigating denominations, should be avoided in as much as both denominations using loud speakers tend to disturb religious performances of each other, often leading to conflicts, bringing acrimony in the two factions.””Answering respondent (Shia Board) is also of the view that, to bring quietus, masjid can be located in a Muslim-dominated area at a reasonable distance from the most revered place of birth of Maryada Purshottam Sri Ram,” the affidavit says.Assailing the stand of the Sunni Central Waqf Board, it said, “…since Babri Masjid was a Shia Waqf Board property, Shia Central Waqf Board UP alone is entitled to negotiate and arrive at a peaceful settlement with other remaining stakeholders.”It sought setting up of the committee headed by a retired Supreme Court judge, two retired judges of Allahabad High Court, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister or his nominee and a nominee from the office of the Prime Minister.It said that Shia Central Waqf Board’s nominee and a representative each from Nirmohi Akhara and Hindu sect shall make suggestions and proposals for amicable settlement before the committee.The Shia Board, one of the parties in the pending appeals in the apex court, referred to the Allahabad High Court judgment and said that it has been held that “Muslims” should get not less that one-third of the disputed area.”By saying ‘Muslims’, the High Court obviously meant ‘Shias’, since the High Court rejected the claim of the Sunni Board that Babri Masjid was a Sunni Waqf. The High Court having held that Babri Masjid is a waqf, rejected the claim of Sunni Board that it was Sunni waqf claimed on the basis of notification dated February 16, 1944, by the Chief Commissioner of Waqfs under the Muslim Waqfs Act, 1936.Recently, a three-judge bench comprising Justices Dipak Misra, Ashok Bhushan and S A Nazeer has been constituted by Chief Justice J S Khehar to hear a batch of petitions challenging the Allahabad High Court verdict in the Ayodhya land dispute case from August 11.The Lucknow bench of the Allahabad High Court had in 2010 ruled a three-way division of the disputed 2.77 acres area at the Ram Janambhoomi-Babri masjid site in Ayodhya.

Build masjid at distance from disputed site at Ayodhya: Shia

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Offering a solution to the Ram temple-Babri Masjid dispute, the Shia Central Waqf Board of Uttar Pradesh today told the Supreme Court a mosque could be built in a Muslim-dominated area at a “reasonable distance” from the disputed site in Ayodhya. With this submission, the Shia Board becomes the first Muslim organisation to come out in support of the demand of various Hindu bodies on the Ayodhya issue. The Hindu bodies while demanding that Ram temple be allowed to be constructed at the disputed site have suggested that a mosque could be built at a distance away from this area. The affidavit, filed by Syed Waseem Rizvi, Chairman of UP Shia Central Board of Waqfs, disputed the claim of Sunni Waqf Board, saying the Babri Masjid site was its property and only it was entitled to hold negotiations for an amicable settlement of the dispute. Favouring construction of the mosque at a “reasonable distance” from the site, it said, “Closeness of places of worship i.e Masjid and Mandir of the two litigating denominations, should be avoided in as much as both denominations using loud speakers tend to disturb religious performances of each other, often leading to conflicts bringing acrimony in the two factions. “Answering respondent (Shia Board) is also of the view that, to bring quietus, masjid can be located in a Muslim- dominated area at a reasonable distance from the most revered place of birth of Maryada Purshottam Sri Ram.” The affidavit assumes significance as it has been filed within few days of the apex court agreeing to fast track the hearing on a batch of appeals challenging the Allahabad High Court verdict on the land dispute in the case. The Shia Board, in its 30-page affidavit, said that the Sunni Central Waqf Board was under the dominant control of Sunni “hardliners, fanatics and non-believers in peaceful co- existence who have absolutely no stake in the present case.” Assailing the stand of the Sunni Central Waqf Board, it said, “…since Babri Masjid was a Shia Waqf Board property, Shia Central Waqf Board UP alone is entitled to negotiate and arrive at a peaceful settlement with other remaining stakeholders.” The Shia body has also sought setting up of a committee for exploring an amicable resolution of the vexatious issue. It sought setting up of the committee headed by a retired Supreme Court judge, two retired judges of Allahabad High Court, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister or his nominee and a nominee from the office of the Prime Minister. It said that Shia Central Waqf Board’s nominee and a representative each from Nirmohi Akhara and Hindu sect shall make suggestions and proposals for amicable settlement before the committee. The Shia Board, one of the parties in the pending appeals in the apex court, referred to the Allahabad High Court judgement and said that it has been held that “Muslims” should get not less that one-third of the disputed area. “By saying ‘Muslims’ the High Court obviously meant ‘Shias’ since the High Court rejected the claim of the Sunni Board that Babri Masjid was a Sunni Waqf. The High Court having held that Babri Masjid is a waqf, rejected the claim of Sunni Board that it was Sunni waqf claimed on the basis of notification dated February 16, 1944 by the Chief Commissioner of Waqfs under the Muslim Waqfs Act, 1936. “The High Court held the notification as ‘illegal’ since it was issued in violation of the provisions of the Act, 1936 without issuing notice to the interested persons, a statutory requirement. Thus the claim of Sunni Board stood negated that it was a Sunni Waqf. Needless to say that a Waqf has to be either Shia or Sunni Waqf and not a Waqf alone. “It is always known by its creator i.e Wakif or Waqif being Shia or Sunni,” the affidavit said. Referring to 1,620 inscriptions, which were found on the disputed site, the Shia Board said that it proved beyond doubt that Babri Masjid was built by Mir Baqi, a Shia, who created a Shia Waqf. “The said Masjid being a Shia Waqf and its last Mutawalli (manager of the waqf-property) (1949) was admittedly a Shia,” the affidavit said. Recently, a three-judge bench comprising Justices Dipak Misra, Ashok Bhushan and S A Nazeer has been constituted by Chief Justice J S Khehar to hear a batch of petitions challenging the Allahabad High Court verdict in the Ayodhya land dispute case from August 11. The Lucknow bench of the Allahabad High Court had in 2010 ruled a three-way division of the disputed 2.77 acres area at the Ram Janambhoomi-Babri masjid site in Ayodhya. The three-judge bench of the high court, by a 2:1 majority, had said the land be partitioned equally among three parties — the Sunni Waqf Board, the Nirmohi Akhara and Ram Lalla. On July 21, a bench headed by Chief Justice J S Khehar had said that it would soon take a decision to list the matter for early hearing. The court’s remark had come on a plea of BJP leader Subramanian Swamy who sought urgent listing and hearing of the matter. Swamy had said the main appeals against the Allahabad High Court order are pending for the last seven years in the apex court and these required urgent hearing. He had also said that a separate petition had earlier been filed by him seeking enforcement of his right to worship without much hassle at the site. The BJP leader had told the court that he has been allowed by the apex court to intervene in the matter and is seeking expeditious disposal of the cases.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Babri Masjid nears compromise? Ready to build mosque in Muslim area, Shia Waqf Board tells SC

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>In a significant development, the Uttar Pradesh Shia Central Waqf Board (UPSCWB) has filed an SLP and counter affidavit in the Supreme Court challenging a 1946 judgement pertaining to the Babri Masjid Matter.Shia board has filed a counter affidavit requesting to be a party in this matter.”We are ready to build a Masjid in the Muslim dominated area of the contested land,” Shia Board said in the affidavit.The board members are of the view that the Waqf Masjid Mir Baqi, popularly known as Babri Masjid in Ayodhya, was a Shia mosque built during the reign of Babur by Mir Baqi who was a Shia from Persia, Wasim Rizvi said.”Going by this fact it was always a Shia mosque…only the Imam and Muezzins of the mosque were Sunnis who were paid their due by the Shia Mutawwali. Namaz was offered by both Shia and Sunnis,” Chairman Wasim Rizvi had claimed last week.In 1944, the Sunni board registered the mosque under its name which was challenged in court by the Shia board in 1945, he said.Earlier, the court had said that the Ayodhya dispute is a sensitive and sentimental issue that needs to be settled amicably and through consensus.The court suggested that if required, a principal mediator can be chosen by the court to settle the issue.Chief Justice J.S. Khehar said if the parties want him to mediate, then he is ready for the task.

Adityanath is not Chief Minister of only ‘Ram Bhakts’ Zafaryab Jilani

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> Cornering Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath over his ?Indonesia-Ramleela? statement, Babri Masjid Action Committee convenor Zafaryab Jilani on Wednesday said the former is not the Chief Minister of only Ram Bhakts. ?The Chief Minister is not only the Chief Minister of those who are Ram Bhakts. Muslims do not believe in Ram as they believe in oneness of God. He is the leader of the majority party and has taken oath to be equal towards everyone. This shows he is not abiding by his oath,? Jilani told ANI. The Chief Minister on Wednesday said that even as Indonesia has the largest Muslim population in the world, ‘Ramleela’ is their national festival. ?Indonesia has the largest Muslim population in the world and ?Ramleela? is their national festival,? Adityanath said, while addressing a rally in Ayodhya. Adityanath?s statement came in the backdrop of the Ram Mandir issue, which he said could only be resolved through peaceful talks. ?All the stakeholders must follow the Supreme Court?s decision on the issue and find a friendly and peaceful manner for resolving the matter,? he added. The Chief Minister further said that Ramleela is well-known in India and the entire country watches it every year with great devotion adding that every religion has respect for Lord Ram.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

1993 blasts: Merchant didn’t attend conspiracy meetings, says

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Tahir Merchant, convicted in the 1993 Mumbai serial blasts case last month, did not attend any of the conspiracy meetings, his lawyer today argued before the TADA Court here and sought leniency for him. The special court for Terrorist and Disruptive Activities (Prevention) Act (TADA) cases last month convicted Merchant, extradited gangster Abu Salem and four others in the case. The defence lawyers today began their arguments on the quantum of sentence. The TADA court judge G A Sanap, while convicting Merchant, had held that he was one of the conspirators. The CBI has sought death penalty for him. Merchant’s lawyer Sudeep Passbola said his client did not attend the conspiracy meetings which preceded the March 1993 blasts and there was no evidence to show that he was aware of RDX being smuggled into the city. Passbola also said that people were sent to Pakistan for arms training to deal with a 1992-like situation (when riots erupted in Mumbai following the demolition of Babri Masjid), and it was only after their return that Tiger Memon, the absconding mastermind of the conspiracy, decided to use them for carrying out blasts. Among other things, Merchant was accused of sending people to Pakistan for arms training. Passbola also refuted the CBI’s claim that Merchant had good relations with Pakistani Army and the country’s intelligence agency, ISI. He was acting at somebody else’s instructions and was not “in commanding position”, the lawyer said. The arguments would continue tomorrow. Meanwhile, the court issued a notice to Delhi police today, seeking their reply, as the case for which they are seeking the custody of Abu Salem is not covered by the extradition agreement between Portugal and India. Delhi police have approached the court seeking Salem’s custody for a case registered in the national capital. However, as per the agreement with Portugal under which Salem was extradited in 2005, he can be tried in only nine cases (including the 1993 blasts case). The Delhi case is not a part of the list.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Prez Poll: Advani recused himself after being named in Babri case, says Swami Chinmayanand

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Former Union minister Swami Chinmayanand claimed that Lal Krishna Advani had recused himself from being the presidential candidate of the ruling NDA.”Former deputy PM Lal Krishna Advani had recused himself from being the presidential candidate of the ruling NDA, since he has been named as an accused by the CBI in the ongoing Babri Masjid demolition case,” he said here.”It is absolutely wrong to presume that Advani was ignored as a probable presidential candidate by the NDA,” said Chinmayanad, who served as the Union Minister of State for Home in Atal Bihari Vajpayee-led NDA government.On queries about the elections for the post of the Vice President, he said the NDA was yet to decide its candidate.On resolution of the Ayodhya issue, Chinmayanand said the construction of Ram temple was “very important” and the Supreme Court has already suggested that the issue should be resolved through talks.”But, the other side is not ready for talks,” he claimed.He suggested that the Centre could pass a legislation to make sure that the temple is built.”The Centre had earlier got Somnath temple reconstructed after passing a law. Now with the BJP in power both in UP and at the Centre, laws should be passed, so that a grand Ram Temple in Ayodhya can be reconstructed. This is one of the alternative solutions,” he said.

VHP begins stockpiling stones for Ram temple in Ayodhya

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) has started stockpiling stones for the construction of a Ram temple in Ayodhya and says it is confident there will be no “hurdles” now that there is a BJP government in Uttar Pradesh. The VHP has announced that construction work will begin within a year, notwithstanding whatever decision the Supreme Court takes on the Babri Masjid-Ram Janmabhoomi title suit. “Two truckloads of stones to be used for the construction of the Ram temple arrived here from Bharatpur in Rajasthan on Monday. We need more than 100 truckloads of stones to give final shape to the proposed Ram temple,” senior VHP leader Triloki Nath Pandey told(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

VHP man’s resting place to be developed as tourist hub: Govt

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The final resting place of Vishwa Hindu Parishad leader Ashok Singhal, known as one of the architects of the movement that led to the demolition of the Babri Masjid, will soon be turned into a tourist hub. Singhal, who was chargesheeted in the 1992 Babri Masjid demolition case by the CBI, died in 2015. After his death his ashes were preserved in a monastery in Himachal Pradesh for around six months. In June last year, the ashes were immersed in Tandi Sangam, the intersection of the rivers Chandra and Bhaga in the Lahaul region of Himachal, as the VHP leader had wished. Tandi Sangam is the focus of the Tourism Ministry which plans to give a facelift to the area through the Chandrabhaga Development Board. It will also be included in the Himalayan Circuit, one of the 13 circuits planned by the ministry as part of its plans to promote tourism in India. “It is a beautiful place, but inaccessible for six months because of extreme conditions. With the Rohtang tunnel to be completed soon, we are planning to make it a tourist attraction. Also, Singhalji’s ashes were immersed there, so it gains special significance for us,” Tourism Minister Mahesh Sharma, who visited the area earlier this week, told(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Mumbai blasts were carried to avenge Babri demolition- CBI

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) counsel Deepak Salve on Friday said that 1993 Mumbai blasts were carried out to avenge the demolition of Babri Masjid in Ayodhya on December 6, 1992. A special Terrorist and Disruptive Activities (Prevention) Act (TADA) court earlier in the day convicted underworld don Abu Salem and others in connection with the 1993 blasts case. Addressing media after the court?s order, Salve said, ?Mustafa Dossa conducted a conspiracy meeting in Dubai which was attended by Dawood Ibrahim and others. They hatched a conspiracy of Mumbai blast to take revenge of Babri Masjid demolition.? He further added that ?the accused used to travel between Dubai and Pakistan for arms and ammunition training where Pakistan had given them green channel entry. Their targets were Indian politicians, high officials and Hindus?. 257 people died while 713 others were injured after a series of bomb blasts rocked Mumbai City onMarch 12, 1993. Salem was convicted under charges of conspiracy and terror activities but was acquitted of some charges of TADA which he was framed initially. Accused Riyaz Siddique also convicted under TADA and other charges, but court believed prosecution failed to prove conspiracy charges against Riyaz. Accused Mustafa Dossa was found guilty of conspiracy, murder and terror activities in the case. Accused Firoz khan was convicted under charges of conspiracy and murder under sections of IPC, TADA and Explosives Act. Other accused Tahir Merchant, Karimullah Shaikh were also convicted. Accused Abdul Qayyum was acquitted of all charges in the case. Court ordered his release on personal bond. However, all accused were acquitted for the charge of waging war against the nation. The court has set the next hearing date on June 19 to decide the date for argument on quantum of sentence.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Adityanath prays at makeshift Ram Mandir, says dispute should

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, who today offered prayers at the makeshift Ram temple here, said the Ram Janmabhoomi-Babri Masjid dispute should be resolved through bilateral talks. He was addressing a public meeting called at the birthday celebrations of VHP leader Mahant Nritya Gopal Das, president of the Ram Janambhoomi Nyas Trust, an organisation formed to promote the construction of a Ram temple at the disputed site. “This problem must be sorted out through bilateral talks between both the communities,” Adityanath said. His comments seemed in line with the advice of Supreme Court, which had suggested a negotiated settlement of the dispute. Significantly, Das, at whose birthday celebrations the Chief Minister was speaking, was one of the 12 persons including BJP veterans L K Advani, M M Joshi and Union minister Uma Bharti against whom a CBI court had yesterday framed charges in the Babri Masjid demolition case. Earlier today, Adityanath offered prayers at the makeshift Ram temple here. He spent around 30 minutes there. This was Adityanath’s first visit to Ayodhya after he took over as Uttar Pradesh chief minister. He reached Faizabad today morning and visited the famous Hanuman Garhi temple. He was accompanied by Dharam Das, another person against whom conspiracy charges were framed yesterday. Adityanath also offered payers on the banks of the Saryu river here. Yesterday, a special CBI court in Lucknow had framed charges against BJP veterans L K Advani, M M Joshi, Union minister Uma Bharti and nine others in the 1992 Babri mosque demolition case. The Supreme Court had ordered restoration of the conspiracy charge against them on April 19. Adityanath had yesterday gone to the VVIP guest house in Lucknow to meet Advani, who had come to appear before the court. In Faizabad today, Adityanath also held a meeting with the BJP MLAs, MPs and senior officials of the Faizabad area and reviewed the law and order situation as well as development issues. He also inaugurated a Passport Sewa Kendra at the head post office in Faizabad.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

BJP defends Yogi’s Ayodhya visit, slams Opposition

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> Defending Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath?s visit to Ayodhya, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Wednesday said that the visit should not be objected, adding the Opposition parties must answer why do they visit the religious place only at the time of elections. ?When Yogi?s visit was announced it was said that it will include a visit every district and discussing various issues over there. Nobody should object Yogi?s visit to Ram Mandir which is entirely for religious purposes. Akhilesh Yadav, Mayawati and Rahul Gandhi must answer why they visit Ayodhya only before elections,? BJP leader Siddharth Nath Singh told ANI. He further said that the Opposition parties want to make an issue out of anything. ?When he went to Varanasi he visited Baba Vishwanath?s temple and in Mathura he visited Vrindavan, but the Opposition parties want to make an issue out of anything. They all have lost their mind,? he added. Singh asserted that the BJP is proud that after Rajnath Singh this is the second time a BJP?s Chief Minister is visiting Ayodhya. Adityanath?s visit comes a day after the crucial Babri Masjid hearing in which senior BJP leaders were slapped with charges of criminal conspiracy. This is Adityanath’s first visit, post taking charge as Chief Minister. Yesterday, he had paid a visit to BJP veterans Lal Krishna Advani, Murli Manohar Joshi and Uma Bharti, who had come to Lucknow to appear before a special Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) court in the Babri Masjid demolition case. In a major setback to Advani, Joshi and Uma, the court yesterday rejected their discharge application, framing charges against them and the other nine accused in the Babri Masjid demolition case. Charges of criminal conspiracy under section 120 (B) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) have been framed. However, the accused will now move the Allahabad High Court against the CBI court’s order. Earlier yesterday, the court granted bail to all the accused by signing a personal bond of Rs. 20,000. “They have been granted bail by signing bonds of Rs. 20,000. We have submitted discharge application. If the court rejects it, then charges will be framed,” said lawyer of accused Prashant Atal. The court had also asked BJP leader Vinay Katiyar, VHP’s Vishnu Hari Dalmia and Sadhvi Ritambara to present themselves before the court in person. While directing the accused to present themselves in person, the judge had said no application for adjournment or exemption from personal appearance shall be entertained. The court, which is hearing two separate cases relating to the demolition, would also frame charges against Mahant Nritya Gopal Das, Mahant Ram Vilas Vedanti, Baikunth Lal Sharma alias Prem Ji, Champat Rai Bansal, Mahant Dharma Das and Satish Pradhan in the second matter.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

A day after Babri hearing, CM Adityanath to visit Ayodhya

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> A day after the crucial Babri Masjid hearing in which senior Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leaders were slapped with charges of criminal conspiracy, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath will visit Lord Rama?s birthplace Ayodhya today. This will be Adityanath?s first visit, post taking charge as Chief Minister. Yesterday, he had paid a visit to BJP veterans Lal Krishna Advani, Murli Manohar Joshi and Uma Bharti, who had come to Lucknow to appear before a special Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) court in the Babri Masjid demolition case. In a major setback to Advani, Joshi and Uma, the court yesterday rejected their discharge application, framing charges against them and the other nine accused in the Babri Masjid demolition case. Charges of criminal conspiracy under section 120 (B) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) have been framed. However, the accused will now move the Allahabad High Court against the CBI court’s order. Earlier yesterday, the court granted bail to all the accused by signing a personal bond of Rs. 20,000. “They have been granted bail by signing bonds of Rs. 20,000. We have submitted discharge application. If the court rejects it, then charges will be framed,” said lawyer of accused Prashant Atal. The court had also asked BJP leader Vinay Katiyar, VHP’s Vishnu Hari Dalmia and Sadhvi Ritambara to present themselves before the court in person. While directing the accused to present themselves in person, the judge had said no application for adjournment or exemption from personal appearance shall be entertained. The court, which is hearing two separate cases relating to the demolition, would also frame charges against Mahant Nritya Gopal Das, Mahant Ram Vilas Vedanti, Baikunth Lal Sharma alias Prem Ji, Champat Rai Bansal, Mahant Dharma Das and Satish Pradhan in the second matter.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Babri hearing: BJP leaders will emerge unscathed, assures Naidu

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> Union Minister M Venkaiah Naidu on Tuesday expressed confidence that the senior Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leaders facing the conspiracy charges in the Babri Masjid demolition case, will come out unscathed in the CBI court hearing today. Senior BJP leaders LK Advani, Union Minister Uma Bharti and Murli Manohar Joshi are to appear in a Special CBI court in Lucknow today in connection with the demolition of the Babri Masjid on December 6, 1992 in Ayodhya. Talking to media here, Naidu said, ?It is a legal process and let it happen and we are sure that they are innocent and they will come out unscathed in the entire thing.? He refused to comment further as the matter is sub-judice. On the opposition?s charge that Prime Minister Modi was trying to shunt out the ?Old Guard? of the BJP using this case, Naidu replied that they (Opposition) have to score political points and create confusion in the minds of the people. ?Whatever they say is not true. Everybody knows that these cases were there for so long and were not withdrawn, even when Atal Bihari Vajpayee was prime minister and Advani was deputy prime minister. Now the court has added conspiracy charges in the case but I am sure the conspiracy charge will not stand,? said Naidu. The Supreme Court last month had given special court a month to frame fresh charges against Advani, Bharti, Joshi, and a dozen other leaders and was asked to deliver its verdict within two years after daily hearings.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

No compromise on Ram temple construction in Ayodhya: Swamy

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>BJP Rajya Sabha MP Subramanian Swamy today said the construction of a grand Ram temple in Ayodhya was a matter of faith for Hindus and that there could be no compromise on this issue. He was addressing a public talk on ‘Building Sri Ram Mandir in Ayodhya Through Legal Framework’ organised by Virat Hindustan Sangam here. “The Ram temple issue is very important for our (Hindus) existence and identity and there can be no compromise on this. I would like to tell you that Ram Mandir will be built at any cost and it will be built at the place where he (Lord Ram) was born and where ‘pran prathistha puja’ (consecration) has taken place. “In a petition filed in the Supreme Court, I had said it was my fundamental right to pray to Ram. It is our faith that Ram was born there and hence the ‘mandir’ (temple) will come up only at that place…no one can question it,” said Swamy. He said it had been proven by the experts of the Archaeological Survey of India that there existed a temple at that site. “Babri Masjid was built on the place where Ram was born and after demolishing the Ram Mandir, the Babri Masjid was constructed,” claimed Swamy. “In 1994, the then Narasimha Rao government in an affidavit filed before the Supreme Court had submitted that if it was proved that there was a mandir before the mosque came up at that place, all the land would be given to Hindus. Now I told (Prime Minister) Narendra Modi to cite this thing and give the land to Hindus. “Masjid is only a place to read namaz and it can be read anywhere, but our temples, wherein once pran prathistha puja is done, it will forever remain a mandir,” Swamy claimed. The saffron leader claimed that there have been instances where mosques have been demolished for road development works and shifted to other places in Saudi Arabia and Turkey. The Supreme Court will take up the case on the Ram temple issue soon, he said. “I will request to take up the matter on a day-to-day basis hearing and if it is done we will win the case in four months by Diwali. “Now it is for the government and the Solicitor General to inform the Court that Swamy’s fundamental right plea is correct. Ram Mandir will be definitely built by 2018,” said the Rajya Sabha MP. There is a need for Hindus to get united, Swamy stressed. On Kashmir issue, he said, “If Pakistan attacks India, its existence will be over and it will be divided into four parts.”(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Ayodhya case: Court asks Advani, Uma, Joshi to appear on May

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A special CBI court today directed BJP stalwarts L K Advani, M M Joshi and Uma Bharti to appear before it on May 30 for framing of charges in the Babri Masjid demolition case in light of the Supreme Court order restoring the serious offence of criminal conspiracy against them. Special CBI judge S K Yadav also asked BJP leader Vinay Katiyar, VHP’s Vishnu Hari Dalmia and a one-time Hindutva firebrand Sadhvi Ritambara to present themselves before the court in person on that day. He said no application for adjournment or exemption shall be entertained. The judge gave the directions after Vimal Kumar Srivastava and Manish Tripathi, representing the six accused, moved an application seeking their exemption from personal appearance for today only on the ground they had prior commitment. CBI lawyers Lalit Kumar Singh and R K Yadav opposed the plea contending that the court had yesterday indicated that it may frame charges against the accused today and that they should be present on the May 30. After hearing the arguments, judge Yadav allowed the application for exemption keeping in view the interest of justice on the condition that they should be present before the court on the next date. The court which is hearing two separate cases, has already fixed May 30 for framing of charges against Mahant Nritya Gopal Das, Mahant Ram Vilas Vedanti, Baikunth Lal Sharma alias Prem Ji, Champat Rai Bansal, Dharma Das and Satish Pradhan in the other matter. The apex court had on April 19 directed that Advani (89), Joshi (83), Bharti (58) and other accused in the case would be prosecuted for criminal conspiracy in the politically sensitive 1992 Babri Masjid demolition case. It had also ordered day-to-day trial to be concluded in two years. The top court, which had dubbed the demolition of the medieval-era monument as a “crime” which shook the “secular fabric of the Constitution”, allowed the CBI’s plea on restoration of criminal conspiracy charge against the four BJP leaders, including Katiyar (62), besides Sadhvi Ritambara (53) and Dalmia who is in his late 80s. However, the Supreme Court had said BJP leader Kalyan Singh, who is the Rajasthan Governor and during whose tenure as the chief minister of Uttar Pradesh the disputed structure was razed, is entitled to immunity under the Constitution as long as he holds the gubernatorial office. It had transferred the case against Advani, Joshi, Bharti and three other accused from a Raebareli court to Lucknow for a joint trial in the demolition case.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Babri demolition case: Special CBI court asks LK Advani, Uma Bharti and Murli Manohar Joshi to appear before it on May 30

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> A special CBI court hearing the 1992 Babri Masjid demolition cases on Thursday asked senior BJP leader LK Advani, Murli Manohar Joshi and Union Minister Uma Bharti to appear before it on May 30,The court said that the accused must appear before the court on the given date.The Supreme Court had on April 19 directed that Advani, Union Minister Uma Bharti and BJP veteran Murli Manohar Joshi will face trial on conspiracy charges. It had transferred their case from Raebareli to Lucknow.It directed the special court to start proceedings in the matter within a month and deliver its verdict within two years.The apex court had dubbed the demolition of the medieval era monument as a “crime” which shook the “secular fabric of the Constitution” and allowed CBI’s plea on restoration of serious offence of criminal conspiracy against the VVIP accused.In its 40-page judgement, it had termed the Allahabad High Court’s February 12, 2001 verdict dropping conspiracy charge against Advani and others as “erroneous”.On Wednesday, the court granted bail to former Shiv Sena MP Satish Pradhan ​on two sureties of Rs 20,000 each and a personal bond of the same amount after he surrendered in Lucknow.The special court in Lucknow, which began day-to-day hearing in the politically sensitive case on May 20 after a Supreme Court direction, had earlier granted bail to five VHP leaders in this case.

Babri demolition case: Special CBI court to resume hearing today

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A special Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) court will on Monday resume hearing in the Babri Masjid Demolition case.Earlier on Saturday, the ministers, who were facing charges in connection with the same case, were granted bail by the court.The accused were granted bail after signing a surety bond worth Rs. 20,000.The five accused, namely former MP R.V. Vedanti, Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) leader Champat Rai, B.L. Sharma, Mahant Nritya Gopal Das and Dharamdas, were asked to appear before the court after a notice was issued to them.The court was hearing a case against the accused alleged to having been involved in demolition of the Babri Mosque in Ayodhya in 1992.This comes a week after the Supreme Court allowed the CBI’s appeal in the Babri Masjid demolition case and restored criminal conspiracy charges against BJP leaders L.K. Advani, Murli Manohar Joshi, Uma Bharti and Rajasthan Governor Kalyan Singh among others.However, Kalyan Singh, who was the chief minister of Uttar Pradesh in 1992, enjoys constitutional immunity as the Rajasthan Governor and can be tried only after he leaves office.The apex court ordered that two separate cases in Lucknow and Raebareli against Advani, Joshi and Bharti and unknown ‘kar sevaks’ shall be brought together in one trial.The Supreme Court also directed the trial court in Lucknow to commence the proceedings in four weeks and hear the matter on a day-to-day basis so as to complete the hearing in two years. The apex court also said there will be no ‘de novo’ (fresh) trial.The CBI has been ordered to ensure that at least one prosecution witness appears in the trial court for recording of testimony.To ensure a speedy trial, the top court has given two important directions – first, no party shall be granted adjournments without the sessions? judge being satisfied of the reasons for it; second, the trial judge hearing the case shall not be transferred till the judgement is delivered.The Supreme Court also said that its order should be followed in letter and spirit. If the parties involved feel that the top court’s order is not being followed in letter and spirit then they will have the liberty to approach the apex court.

Ram Temple issue would’ve been resolved by now if BJP hadn’t pulled down Babri Masjid: Samajwadi Party

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Noting that BJP has hijacked the Ram temple issue from the Congress, Leader of the Opposition in the Uttar Pradesh Assembly Ram Govind Chaudhary today said had the Babri mosque not been pulled down, the matter would have been resolved by now.”It was the Congress which got the locks removed, placed the idols and Rajiv Gandhi got the ‘shilanyas’ done but you (BJP) hijacked the issue…had you not got the matter spoiled by pulling down the Babri mosque, the issue would have been resolved by now,” Chaudhary said.He was speaking on the Motion of Thanks to the Governor for his address to the joint sitting of the state legislature.
ALSO READ Babri Masjid case: Here’s a timeline of one of the most controversial chapters in India’s historyThe veteran Samajwadi Party leader said that like all the Hindus he too wanted Ram temple (to be built) but the matter is now in the Supreme Court, so it should be done only as per the apex court verdict or through mutual dialogue.In a long speech laced with humour and sarcasm, he termed the 101-page governor’s address as a useless commentary.
ALSO READ Sena’s UP ex-chief claims kar sevaks were given training to pull down Babri Masjid”There is no announcement of people’s welfare scheme in the address and the only talk about loan waiver of farmers is also contradictory,” Chaudhary said citing the difference in the cut off date of cabinet decision on the issue and that mentioned in the governor’s address.Giving a detailed account of crime cases since the new government came to power, he alleged that BJP got massive majority on false promises and propaganda.”No one is feeling secure in the state today, not even traders,” he said, citing the recent murder of two jewellers against which traders were observing bandhs in different places.He also said that it was a serious matter that the body of an IAS officer was found in the heart of the capital this morning.Charging the government with insensitivity, Chaudhary stressed that the government seems to be in a hurry and is ordering inquiries in all the works done by the previous Akhikesh Yadav dispensation.”People have sent them to resolve the problems but what did they do…become government of inspector raj,” he said, adding that people wanted them to solve problems of poverty, unemployment and others but they picked up broom.”They appear not concerned about shortage of medicine but like to sweep the streets,” he said.The Leader of Opposition, who also gave an account of the works done during the previous government, said that the SP is not afraid of inquiries.”If the state of law and order continues as it is now and pace of development is like this, the government does not take enough interest in people’s problems and we get the blessings of Yogi like this, we will form the next government with 285 to 350 seats (in the 403-member House),” Chaudhary said.The SP leader said that his government was blowing its own trumpet and taking credit for the works done by the previous SP government.Speaking on the Yogi government’s plans regarding ‘gai, Ganga and gokashi’, he lamented that a new breed of gau sewaks have emerged who target anyone who is taking cows from one place to another.To an interruption from Parliamentary Affairs Minister Suresh Khanna lauding his “theatrics” which he said could have forced star of the millennium Amitabh Bachchan to take retirement, Chaudhary retorted by saying that it was the mega star who was advertising on behalf of Gujarat.On the issue of cow slaughter, the SP leader praised the party leader Azam Khan, who was present in the House, for his concerns and for raising it in the very first cabinet meeting of the SP government.”Give up the drama and propaganda and if you are so concerned about cow, you should ban meat export by bringing a law by the central government,” he said, adding that this step has harmed poor both among the Hindus and Muslims.”You propagate ‘sabka saath sabka vikas’, stop spewing venom against members of a particular community…are the Muslims not entitled to keep cows and buffaloes,” he said, going on to claim that members of the RSS had no role in the freedom struggle but they later hijacked it by making tall claims.Pointing towards Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, he said, “You are a chief minister and also a saint and you should not have the feeling of Hindu and Muslim in your mind and take all as one and take everyone along in development of the state.”

If not bothered with Mughal atrocities, don’t cling to Babri Swamy

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> Reiterating his stand on the Ram Mandir issue, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Subramanian Swamy on Saturday asserted that the Muslims should not cling on to the Babri Masjid issue, when they have ?nothing to do? with the Mughal atrocities and the Saudis demolishing masjids. ?When I speak of Mughals atrocities, or Saudis demolishing masjids, Muslims say “we have nothing to do with them”.Then why cling to Babri M ?? Swamy tweeted. Justifying his tweet, Swamy told ANI that the hypocrisy of the Muslim leadership must end and they stood exposed on the Ram Temple issue. ?When I say that the Mughals forcibly converted the Hindus, butchered them, took away the women to their harems etc., there is a word that we have nothing to do with the Mughals. Then if you have nothing to do with the Mughals then why are you demanding that the wrong committed by the Mughals in demolition the Ram Temple? Why are you sticking to that? You should say that we have nothing to with the Mughals you give us a masjid somewhere else. So, there are double standards there,? he said. ?Don?t talk about Islam then. Say that I, as a citizen of this country, whose ancestors were born in this country. I may follow the Quran but that doesn?t mean that I will support all the atrocities done by the Muslims in the past?.but they play both sides. When it suits them, they will say this is our Islam, Shariyat and only clerics in Saudi Arabia can change this. And on the other hand, you say that they have nothing to do with that,? he added. Earlier on May 4, Swamy said that it has been proven that a temple exists below the Babri Masjid structure. Swamy explained that under the study conducted by the Archaeological Survey of India, on the instructions of the Allahabad High Court, it was found that the Babri Majid was built above a temple. The BJP leader further gave examples of other Muslim-dominated countries where mosques were demolished in order to make roads, buildings etc., adding that a mosque can be built anywhere. Earlier on March 21, the apex court said the Ayodhya dispute was a sensitive and sentimental issue, adding its best that this matter was settled amicably. The court asked parties concerned to sit together to arrive at a consensus and asked BJP’s Subramanian Swamy to consult the parties and inform it about the decision on March 31. The court also suggested if required, a principal mediator could be chosen by the court for settling the issue.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

If no compromise, court shall resolve Ram Temple issue: Swamy

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>If Muslims do not want a compromise on the Ram Temple issue, the court is there to resolve the land dispute in Ayodhya, BJP leader Subramanian Swamy said on Thursday, drawing sharp retort from the Babri Masjid Action Committee.”If they don’t want a compromise, the court is there…. We have already won in the Allahabad High Court, which has ruled that Lord Rama was born at a place of central dome as per faith.”If you talk of Hindu-Muslim unity, a mosque can be constructed anywhere, but it cannot be constructed where Lord Rama took birth,” Swamy, also a Rajya Sabha MP, told reporters after his meeting with Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath here, sounding confident of legal victory in the matter.He, however, declined to divulge what transpired at his meeting with Adityanath, a hardline Hindutva leader and vocal proponent of the temple.Swamy said, “There was a temple where a mosque was constructed… The clerics, who are adamant, should know that.””There is a way (of settlement) through the Supreme Court. I have a fundamental right under Article 25 of the Constitution to worship at the place of my faith. I am fighting for my fundamental right, while they are fighting for property right,” he said, sounding confident of legal victory.When asked how a settlement could be reached when both the parties were not in agreement, he said, “Samjhauta nahi karna chahte hain to phir court to hai hi (If they don’t want to compromise, then the court is there to resolve the issue)”.However, convenor of Babri Masjid Action Committee (BMAC) Zafaryab Zilani, when asked to comment on the matter, said, “Swamy should not threaten Muslims. We have faith in judiciary and we are law-abiding citizens and will respect whatever the court rules.”Zilani had earlier said, “With Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath at the helm of affairs, there is no hope that justice will prevail with the Muslims. Both of them have been BJP workers and supporters of Ram temple movement.”Swamy had recently urged the Muslim community to support construction of the Ram Temple at the disputed Ram Janmabhoomi-Babri Masjid site in Ayodhya.”Ram temple can only be built at one place in Ayodhya where the structure of a temple was found at the disputed site following investigation by the Archaeological Survey of India,” Swamy had said.The BJP MP claimed that the Allahabad High Court had made it clear that the structure of a temple was found at the disputed site.In September 2010, a three-judge Lucknow bench of the Allahabad high court had stated that Lord Rama was born under the central dome of the makeshift temple and Hindus have the right to worship there.Subsequently, the apex court had stayed the implementation of the HC decision. The case is pending since then.”Babri Masjid was built after the temple was demolished and the Hindu community has been demanding construction of the Ram temple for a long time,” Swamy had said.”If the issue is settled amicably, it will be all right, otherwise we will enact a law to construct a grand Ram temple in Ayodhya when we get majority in the Rajya Sabha by April, 2018,” he had asserted.Swamy, who was asked by the Supreme Court to talk to all parties in the dispute, said he had discussions with Muslim leaders — AIMIM president Asaduddin Owaisi and Babri Masjid Action Committee convener Zafaryab Jilani — over the issue.”The Muslim leaders did not agree to a bilateral negotiation but wanted mediation of the Supreme Court,” he had said.The All India Muslim Personal Law Board (AIMPLB) has already rejected the Supreme Court’s suggestion for an out-of-court settlement of the Ram Janmabhoomi-Babri Masjid dispute and said that only a verdict by the apex court will be acceptable to it.”No out-of-court settlement is acceptable to us,” AIMPLB General Secretary Maulana Wali Rehmani has said.On March 21, the apex court had suggested an out-of-court settlement of the dispute at Ayodhya, observing that issues of “religion and sentiments” can be best resolved through talks.

Stand by my claim of demolishing Babri Masjid- Vedanti

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> Former Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) Member of Parliament Ram Vilas Vedanti on Saturday reiterated that he ordered the demolition of the Babri Masjid on December 6, 1992, and there was no political pressure on him to withdraw the remark. ?I am not pressurized by any political party and I claim to have demolished the old structure with the support of members of Karsewaks to rebuild the temple,? Vedanti told ANI. Vedanti further refused to accept that there was a mosque on the disputed land and expressed his determination to build the Ram temple. Vedanti on Friday claimed it was he and not BJP patriarch LK Advani who incited the frenzied karsevaks to pull down the disputed shrine. Vedanti’s remarks came two days after the Supreme Court resurrected the conspiracy charge against senior BJP leaders Advani, Joshi and Uma Bharti in the Babri Masjid demolition case.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Karna govt delayed move against Kasturirangan report: Gowda

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Karnataka government had delayed its move to request the Centre to withdraw the notification declaring the Western Ghats as eco-sensitive zone as per the Kasturirangan report, Union Minister D V Sadananda Gowda said today. The state moved slowly against the Kasturirangan report, while neighbouring Kerala and Goa opposed the report without any delay, he told reporters here. The BJP in Karnataka was the first to oppose the Kasturirangan report, the Minister for Statistics and Programme Implementation said. He said it was impossible to understand the ground reality through a study based on satellite images, adding when this report was tabled, the Centre had sent circulars to all the states to study the ground reality, its merits and demerits. Gowda said several people would lose their houses and no developmental activities could take place if the report was implemented. “What is stopping the state government from preparing a scientific report and submitting it to the Centre,” he asked. The state cabinet yesterday decided to reject the recommendations of the Kasturirangan report and convey the same to the Centre. On the Supreme Court’s order pressing criminal conspiracy charges in Babri Masjid demolition case against L K Advani, Uma Bharti and M M Joshi, he said he did not want to discuss an issue pending before the Court. On bypoll results in Gundlupet and Nanjangud Assembly constituencies in Karnataka which was won by ruling Congress, Gowda said such results would differ from state to state. The percentage of votes for BJP had increased in the bypolls, he said.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

From Lalu Prasad Yadav to Uma Bharti: How politicians reacted to SC order on Babri demolition

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Supreme Court in its Verdict on Wednesday reinstated criminal conspiracy charges with regards the Babri Masjid issue, against senior Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leaders Lal Krishna Advani, Murli Manohar Joshi, Uma Bharti and 10 others in the Babri Masjid demolition case. Excluded from the list was Rajasthan Governor, Kalyan Singh who enjoys constitutional immunity owing to his post. Separate trials were to be clubbed, and henceforth trials would be conducted in the capital of UP only. The case was to be concluded in two years. Post the verdict, many factions and individuals came forth with their own take on the issue.Prime Minister, Narendra Modi has called a BJP core meeting on Wednesday and the Babri Masjid verdict is likely to be a key point of discussion.The BJP spokesperson, Sambit Patra had stated that the Party would study the verdict in detail.While many have called for the dismissal of Uma Bharti, the Minister for Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation, from the Union Cabinet, Union minister Arun Jaitley virtually ruled out possibility. He described the possibility of the ruling having any bearing in selection of candidates for presidential and vice presidential polls as “hypothetical”. Speaking on the issue, he said, “This case is going on since 1993. Somehow it is going on and no new situation has arisen. So the situation which was prevailing will continue.”Speaking on the issue, Minister Uma Bharti said that the Party which was behind Emergency and 1984 riots has no right to demand her resignation. Defendant, Vinay Katiyar too said that Uma Bharti should not be removed from her post and stated that he was willing to go to jail if it meant that a Ram temple is built in Ayodhya. He added that there was no criminal conspiracy as the charges state, and that the CBI was trying to target the accused. He further said that they’d face the Supreme Court’s decison. According to CNN-News 18, Katiyar also asked why the BJP leaders should resign from their position.Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) chief Lalu Prasad was quoted by a report as stating that the CBI is an arm of the government which would say what the government wanted it to say. he called the whole issue a a well-planned political conspiracy. He added that it was a ploy to cancel out any intention to make L.K. Advani the next President. “The VHP (Vishwa Hindu Parishad) and RSS (Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh) are such dangerous parties, they do not even care about their own people,” he was quoted as saying. The Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) on Wednesday came to the defence of BJP veterans Lal Krishna Advani, Murli Manohar Joshi and Uma Bharti after the Supreme Court restored conspiracy charges against them in connection with the Babri Masjid demolition case and said that there was no conspiracy as it was a result of the invisible Hindu anger. RSS ideologue Rakesh Sinha told ANI that the invisible Hindu anger was the result of pseudo-secularist politics in the country and the anti-Hindu attitude of the then central government.According to CNN-News 18, Sanjay Raot of Shiv Sena has stated that all the charges should be withdrawn adding it was not a conspiracy but something for national development.Congress leader Salmaan Anees Soz stated that Uma Bharti, a Cabinet Minister and MM Joshi, the Lok Sabha MP from Kanpur, should resign from their positions.Congress leader, Kapil Sibal has applauded the decision saying that it was a “substantial step forward in the cause of justice”. ​The NCP has welcomed the Supreme Court verdict and called for Uma Bharti’s dismissal from the Cabinet. Here are some more comments:Commentators are largely dived into those who support the verdict and those who find it unfair. However, many are erring on the side of caution with a ‘wait and watch’ approach

Ayodhya verdict: BJP discusses fallout, opp wants Uma’s head

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>As the BJP brass today went into a huddle discussing the fallout of the Supreme Court order on the razing of the Babri mosque, opposition parties demanded the sacking of Union Minister Uma Bharti for her role in it. Bharti, who along with BJP veterans L K Advani and Murli Manohar Joshi will now face trial for conspiracy behind the demolition of the 16th century disputed structure, however, was unfazed, even abrasive, as she rejected the demand. Prime Minister Narendra Modi, BJP president Amit Shah, union ministers Arun Jaitley, Rajnath Singh, Nitin Gadkari and M Venkaiah Naidu were huddled for two hours at Modi’s residence but a senior party leader played down the meeting’s significance, saying it had a number of issues, including the Kashmir crisis, on its agenda. Senior party leader and Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said the BJP respected its leaders like Advani and Joshi and that it would offer comments only after studying the verdict in detail. The party has held the position that the demolition of mosque was not planned but a spontaneous act of agitating ‘kar sevaks’ and there was no conspiracy behind its razing on December 6, 1992. Main opposition Congress lapped up the opportunity provided by the apex court’s order restoring the conspiracy charge against the BJP leaders and demanded that those guilty be punished. “The Prime Minister talks a lot about morality. He should put his morality to test after this verdict. “We leave it to the Prime Minister’s conscience on how he reacts morally to this extensive judgement of the Supreme Court,” Congress spokesperson Manish Tewari told reporters. The Congress also urged Modi to ensure that his ministers maintained a “high standard of morality”, apparently suggesting that Bharti should resign. “The law is equal for everyone irrespective of stature, caste, creed, religion or region,” he said. Senior Congress leader Kapil Sibal also expressed satisfaction over the order and hoped that Modi would remember his “pronouncements” on morality. “As far as other issues concerned, our Prime Minister Narendra Modi is always very committed to the cause of morality. Those are his public pronouncements. Occasionally, he forgets morality when it comes to his ministers. Let us hope he doesn’t forget (it) this time,” he said. A fiery Bharti, however, rejected the demand outright. There was “no conspiracy and everything was in the open”, she told reporters after the apex court verdict. Bharti said she was “proud, unapologetic and unrepentant” about her association with the Ram Janmabhoomi movement and was prepared to get “hanged or be jailed” on the issue of construction of a Ram temple at the disputed site in Ayodhya. “There was no conspiracy, everything was in the open…I was associated with the Ram temple movement with full confidence and pride. “The court has said that we be tried for conspiracy. There was no conspiracy…Yes, I was present in Ayodhya on December 6, 1992 (when the disputed structure was demolished). Where does one see any conspiracy?” Bharti asked. “I am ready to face whatever punishment it takes for the construction of a temple at Ayodhya or be it on the issue of cleaning of the Ganga, the tricolour or cow. I have never repented or apologised,” she said, adding “the post of a minister is too small for me”. RJD boss Lalu Prasad, who had ordered the arrest of Advani during his ‘Ram Rath Yatra’, thereby earning the goodwill of Muslims which stood him in good stead for years, smelt in the development a “well-thought-out politics” by Modi to keep the BJP veteran out of contention for Presidential election. “The CBI is under the influence of Prime Minister Narendra Modi. It stood in the Supreme Court and sought permission to run trial against Advani and others in the Babri Masjid demolition case,” Prasad told reporters in Patna. “Since Advani’s name was in circulation as a probable for the post of President, Modi through well-thought-out politics struck out his (Advani’s) name,” he alleged. “It is well known that the CBI does what the government desires,” the RJD chief said. AIMIM leader Asaduddin Owaisi, who has fast emerged as a popular Muslim voice on the political firmament, termed the the Babri Masjid demolition as “more serious” than the assassination of Mahatma Gandhi and deplored the delay in concluding the trial. “Mahatma Gandhi assassination trial completed in 2 years & Babri Masjid demolition which (is) more serious than MK Gandhi killing not yet decided,” the Hyderabad Lok Sabha member tweeted. “Gandhi’s killers were convicted (and) hanged & Babri accused have been made Union Ministers, conferred Padma Vibhushan, justice system moves slowly,” he said. Attacking the Narendra Modi government, Owaisi said, “Demolition of Babri Masjid is a nation’s shame. People responsible for this shame are now running the nation.” The Left parties demanded that Bharti and Rajasthan Governor Kalyan Singh quit from their respective posts after the Supreme Court order. “We welcome the SC order. Finally, some balance has been restored. Some good gesture has been made. “I think these people should not continue to hold public positions like that of a minister if they have any moral authority left,” CPI(M) general secretary Sitaram Yechury told reporters in Delhi. The CPI too insisted that Bharti and Singh give up their respective public offices. Kalyan Singh was the Chief Minister of UP in 1992 when the demolition took place and an accused in the case. He, however, will not face trial on account of constitutional immunity he enjoys as Governor.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Bharti dismisses Cong demand for her resignation after court

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Union minister and BJP leader Uma Bharti today dismissed the Congress demand for her resignation after the Supreme Court ordered that she be tried for criminal conspiracy in the 1992 Babri Masjid demolition case. There was “no conspiracy and everything was in open” in the matter, she told reporters after the apex court verdict. Bharti said she was “proud, unapologetic and unrepentant” about her association with the Ram Janmabhoomi movement and was prepared to get “hanged or be jailed” on the issue of contruction of a Ram temple at the disputed site in Ayodhya. The firebrand leader said she will leave for Ayodhya tonight to seek Lord Ram’s blessings for the construction of a temple, but later her office stated she has cancelled her plan but gave no reason for it. “There was no conspiracy, everything was in the open…I was associated with the Ram temple movement with full confidence and pride. “The court has said that we be tried for conspiracy. There was no conspiracy…Yes, I was present in Ayodhya on December 6, 1992 (when the disputed structure was demolished). Where does one see any conspiracy?” Bharti asked. “I am ready to face whatever punishment it takes for contruction of a temple at Ayodhya or be it on issue of cleaning of the Ganga, the tricolour or the cow. I have never repented or apologised,” she said. Hitting out at the Congress for seeking her resignation, Bharti referred to the 1984 anti-Sikh riots and claimed that then Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi had sought to justify the killings post the assassination of Indira Gandhi. “When thousands of Sikhs died in the riots, Sonia Gandhi was at the house of her husband. Rajiv was trying to justify the massacre. “So, can we say she was part of a conspiracy? The Congress has no moral right to seek my resignation,” she said. At the same time, Bharti said she is not the type of a person who want to sticks to any post and recalled she had quit chief ministership in Madhya Pradesh over a decade ago after a court convicted her in a case involving the national flag. “I gave up the chief minister’s post after a court convicted me. In this (Ayodhya) case, the trial is yet to begin. The charges are yet to be proved,” she said but added, “The post of a minister is too small for me.” To a question, Bharti said she has not discussed the issue with BJP veteran L K Advani, who too will face trial on charges of conspiracy in the case. She did not reply to a question on Advani’s remark that the demolition of the mosque was the “saddest” day in his life. “I will never comment on what Advani ji said. I can speak for myself. This country is of cow, Ganga, Ram, tricolour. I will sacrfice life if I see insult of any of these,” she added. Top BJP leaders Advani, M M Joshi and Bharti will be tried for criminal conspiracy in the 1992 Babri Masjid demolition case with the Supreme Court allowing the CBI plea to restore the charge against them. The court also clubbed the trial in the matter pending against the leaders and ‘karsevaks’ and ordered day-to-day trial in Lucknow with the proceedings to be completed in two years.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

‘Just’ SC has delivered, says AIMPLB member in Babri case

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> An All India Muslim Personal Law Board (AIMPLB) member on Wednesday said that the Supreme Court will deliver justice in connection with the Babri Masjid demolition case. ?We welcome the Supreme Court’s decision on the Masjid case.The Supreme Court has rightly said there must be day to day hearing in the case. We think that all those who are culprits in this case, charges will be framed against them, and it will be ensured that justice must be done in this case. For the last 25 years, we all were waiting for justice. People have made provocative speeches and worked against national integration and creating enmity between the two largest communities in this country. Since the highest court has said that the decision will be taken, then we are hopeful,? AIMPLB member Khalid Rashid Firangi Mahali told ANI. BMAC convener Zafaryab Jilani said, ?We hope that guilty person must be punished within two years. The chargesheet in this case was filed in 1994. These were the persons who were escaping trials because of an order passed by CBI court in 2001. Proceedings were dropped against these persons and CBI had challenged this order before the High Court and when the High Court did not respond the agency moved to Supreme Court. When NDA government came into power we suspected that CBI will not seriously prosecute the case therefore we filed special petition,? Jilani told ANI. Swami Hardayal Shastri, a petitioner said, ?The Supreme Court has taken a right decision. Till the evidences are found no one becomes a culprit. Just by saying no one can become a culprit. How much he has done for that he has got enough punishment. The court has done right to give punishments to the culprits.? The apex court has ruled that senior BJP leaders, including L.K. Advani, Uma Bharti and Joshi will face criminal conspiracy charges in the Babri Masjid demolition case. The apex court has directed the sessions judge in Lucknow to conduct the trial in the Babri demolition case on a daily basis, and that the judge will not be transferred. It also ruled out a fresh trial in the case. The top court has also ordered the CBI to ensure that witnesses are produced in court everyday so that there is no delay in the Babri demolition case trial. The trial will have to be completed in two years. However, the apex court has clarified that Kalyan Singh, being the Governor of Rajasthan, will not be tried due to constitutional immunity. It said his trial will begin after his term as governor ends. Singh was the chief minister of Uttar Pradesh when the demolition of the masjid took place. Others who will face criminal conspiracy charges are Vinay Katiyar, Sadhvi Ritambara, Satish Pradhan and Champat Rai Bansal. The late Giriraj Kishore, a former senior vice-president of Vishwa Hindu Parishad, is also among the names in the original chargesheet. There were two sets of cases relating to the demolition of the disputed structure on December 6, 1992. The first involved unnamed ‘karsevaks’ or volunteers, the trial of which is taking place in a Lucknow court, while the second set of cases relate to the VVIPs in a Rae Bareli court. With today’s order, both these cases are merged and will be heard in Lucknow. The order comes after the CBI had file a petition in the apex court saying 14 people, including BJP leaders, who had been acquitted of the charges under criminal conspiracy, should be tried in the Lucknow Court.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Babri case reopening to nix Advani’s prez bid- Lalu

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) supremo Lalu Prasad Yadav on Wednesday claimed that the reopening of Babri Masjid demolition case is clearly aimed at nixing the presedential bid of senior Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Lal Krishna Advani. After the Supreme Court on Wednesday restored the criminal conspiracy charges against Advani and other BJP leaders in Babri Masjid demolition, Lalu levelled a very serious allegation against Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS). He alleged that with the help of Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI), Modi and the RSS leadership have clipped the wings of Advani, whose name was in the running for the next President. ?The CBI, which is in the hands of Narendra Modi, told the Supreme Court that a criminal conspiracy case should be initiated against Advani and others, then, what should the Supreme Court do,? asked the RJD leader. He said that there were talks of Advani being made President of India, but now they (BJP, RSS) have cut the umbilical cord of Advani. Now, nobody would take Advani?s name for the post of President,? said Lalu. The RJD leader said Modi is where today is because of Advani. ?It was only Lal Krishna Advani who had supported Narendra Modi after the Guajrat riots after then Prime Minister Atal Behari Vajpayee had said that ?Rajdharam was not followed? in Gujarat,? said Lalu. He termed the BJP, RSS and Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) as very dangerous entities which even don?t consider who is a family member or who is not. It is pertinent to mention here that a decade after the conspiracy charge was dropped by a lower court, the CBI had appealed to the Allahabad HC for its revival. The agency failed, following which it had moved a second appeal in the Supreme Court in February 2011.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Will abide by SC’s order on Babri Masjid-Ram Mandir dispute- AIMPLB

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> The All India Muslim Personal Law Board (AIMPLB) on Sunday said that they would abide by the Supreme Court’s decision on the Babri Masjid-Ram Mandir dispute matter. Talking to the media, a member of the AIMPLB said, “We will go by the Supreme Court’s order on Babri-Ayodhya matter.” Earlier, the Supreme Court suggested of an out-of-court settlement of the Ayodhya dispute and said aggrieved parties should keep in mind its ?sensitivity? while discussing the matter. ?These are issues of religion and sentiments. These are issues where all the parties can sit together and arrive at a consensual decision to end the dispute. All of you may sit together and hold a cordial meeting,? said the apex court. The observations came after BJP leader Subramanian Swamy mentioned the matter seeking urgent hearing. Stating that it has been over six years, Swamy said the matter needs to be heard at the earliest.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Sadhvi Rithambara for Parl resolution to build Ram temple

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Vishwa Hindu Parishad leader Sadhvi Rithambara today called for bringing a resolution in Parliament for the construction of a Ram temple in Ayodhya. “This is the right time for building a grand temple of Lord Ram in Ayodhya and a resolution should be passed in Parliament to pave the way for building the temple,” Rithambara said while addressing a ‘Sankalp Sabha’ organised by the VHP for the construction of the temple. She said that the Hindu society has been fighting the “battle” to restore their pride for centuries and many Hindus have laid down their life for this cause. “Now, it is a golden opportunity as both the state (Uttar Pradesh) and the Central Governments are well wishers of Hindus and want Shri Ram’s temple,” the sadhvi said. “It is not only a question of a temple but to restore the lost glory of our grand old civilisation. Muslims and Christians have the same forefathers as Hindus and they should respect the sentiments of Hindus,” she said. Sadhvi was one of the three key women leaders of the Babri Masjid demolition movement in 1990s.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

No out-of-court settlement with Modi, Yogi at helm: BMAC

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Babri Masjid Action Committee (BMAC) today said an out-of-court settlement of the Ayodhya dispute was not possible with Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Aditya Nath at the helm of affairs. “With Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Aditya Nath at the helm of affairs, there is no hope that justice will prevail with the Muslims. Both of them have been BJP workers and supporters of Ram temple movement,” BMAC Convenor Zafaryab Jilani said after a meeting of its office bearers here. Earlier the prime ministers used to be “neutral” on the contentious issue, he said. Jilani said the solution to the Babri Masjid title suit can be arrived only through the Supreme Court. The BMAC meeting was held against the backdrop of the apex court recently asking parties involved to sit together and arrive at a consensus on the issue, which has been dragging on for decades. “Efforts were made in the past for out-of-court settlement, but proved to be futile,” Jilani told the meeting. The BMAC office bearers were also of the view that if the Chief Justice of India or any other judge took an initiative to find a solution to the issue, the Muslims would certainly support the move. “We are ready if he (CJI) nominates a team for hearing the matter. But out-of-court settlement is not possible. If the SC passes an order in this regard, we will look at it,” Jilani had said on March 21, the day the apex court had observed that the matter was “sensitive and sentimental and it is best to settle it amicably.”(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Supreme Court to hear Babri Masjid demolition case today

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> The Supreme Court will today hear the conspiracy charges against Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leaders Lal Krishna Advani, Murli Manohar Joshi and Uma Bharti in connection with the 1992 Babri Masjid demolition case. The apex court will hear the Central Bureau of Investigation’s (CBI) plea against the Allahabad High Court’s order dropping criminal conspiracy charges against the BJP leaders in the case. There are two sets of cases – one against BJP veteran leader Advani and others, who were on the dais at Ram Katha Kunj in Ayodhya on December 6, 1992 when the Babri mosque was demolished. The other case was against lakhs of ‘karsevaks’ (volunteers) who were in and around the disputed structure. The CBI had chargesheeted Advani and 20 others under Sections 153A (promoting enmity between classes), 153B (imputations, assertions prejudicial to national integration) and 505 (false statements, rumours etc. circulated with the intent to cause mutiny or disturb public peace) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC). It had subsequently invoked charges under Section 120B (criminal conspiracy) of the IPC, which was quashed by the special court whose decision was upheld by the high court.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Muslim bodies ‘creating hindrances’ in resolving Ayodhya issue: Subramanian Swamy

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Senior BJP leader Subramanian Swamy today accused Muslim bodies of “creating hindrances” in resolving the Ram Janambhumi-Babri Masjid dispute and said the “outer limit” to settle the issue is April 2018.Swamy made these comments a day after Muslim organisations appeared skeptical about the Supreme Court’s suggestion for an out-of-court settlement of the Ayodhya dispute. They had said such attempts in the past have been unsuccessful. “All the Muslim parties had yesterday said on TV that this (out-of-court negotiation) is all waste of time…Only the SC should hear it…They create hindrances in the hearing…Somehow, they are trying to delay it,” he said.He said the matter has been pending before the Apex Court for six-and-a-half years, but not a single hearing has been held. “Either we reach a solution through mediation under SC judges or there is day-to-day hearing. If they (the Muslim parties) try to avoid by adjournment, then the outer limit is April 2018.” However, he did not elaborate what he meant by the “April 2018 outer limit”. Following the BJP’s impressive show in the recently concluded assembly polls in five states, the party is likely to regain majority in the Rajya Sabha, which would pave the way for bringing a law to build the temple.Some right wing organisations, including the VHP, have been pitching for bringing law to help construct the temple. The Supreme Court had yesterday suggested an out-of-court settlement of the lingering Ram Janambhumi-Babri Masjid land dispute at Ayodhya, observing that issues of “religion and sentiments” can be best resolved through talks. Chief Justice J S Khehar also offered to mediate even as the bench headed by him suggested that the parties to the dispute adopt a “give a bit and take a bit” approach for a meaningful and sincere negotiation to resolve the issue.The observations were made after Swamy mentioned the matter seeking urgent hearing, saying that it has been over six years after the Allahabad High Court decided the civil appeal and that it needed to be heard at the earliest.

Ayodhya residents welcome SC’s suggestion on Ram temple issue

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The residents of Ayodhya have welcomed the Supreme Court’s suggestion for an out-of-court settlement of the lingering Ram Janambhumi-Babri Masjid land dispute. Welcoming the Supreme Court’s suggestion, Haji Asad, a corporator of Ayodhya, said, “This is high time that both the parties must come out with a peaceful settlement to Babri Masjid-Ram Janambhumi dispute…The settlement must have provision for both temple and mosque so that no community feels defeated.” Maulana Tabrez Ahmad, a local cleric, said, “Enough is enough. We don’t want to fight. In Ayodhya, both Hindus and Muslims are living together and only due to this Mandir-Masjid dispute, both communities are facing problem. I am very thankful to the judges who have taken such an initiative.” Acharya Satyendra Das, the chief priest of Ram Janambhumi temple, also welcomed the Supreme Court’s move. “This is a great chance for both the parties to sit and bring out a peaceful settlement to this century-old dispute…But there are some people who don’t want a settlement to this dispute, we must ignore them,” he said. Raziya Bano, a housewife, said, “I pray to almighty to help the people and the court to bring a peaceful solution… Due to this dispute, we always face problems in marrying off our children. When we were looking a bride for my son, many parents of girls refused the match only because we live in Ayodhya and in Ayodhya there is the dispute of Babri Masjid.” Mohammad Noman, a 20-year-old student, said, “I have not seen the Babri Masjid…if we can find a peaceful solution to this dispute, then we can give a great example of peaceful coexistence and communal harmony to the rest of the world.” Mushtaq Ahmad Siddiqi, a senior lawyer who pleaded the case in the Lucknow bench of the Allahabad High Court, said, “I will be the first man to welcome the settlement, but it must be based on ‘give and take’ so that no community feels losing out.”(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Earlier, on February 26 last year, the apex court had

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>allowed Swamy to intervene in the pending matters relating to the Ayodhya title dispute with his plea seeking construction of Ram temple at the site of the demolished disputed structure. The BJP leader had moved the plea for a direction to allow construction of the Ram temple at Ayodhya at the disputed site and had mentioned it before a bench headed by then Chief Justice T S Thakur for an urgent hearing. In his petition, Swamy had claimed that under the practices prevalent in Islamic countries, a mosque could be shifted to any other place for public purposes like constructing road, whereas a temple once constructed cannot be touched. He had also sought directions to expedite the disposal of several petitions challenging the Allahabad High Court verdict of three-way division of the disputed Ram Janam Bhumi-Babri Masjid site at Ayodhya on September 30, 2010. The dispute before the court was whether the 2.7 acres of disputed land on which the Babri Masjid stood before it was demolished on December 6, 1992, belongs to the Sunni Central Waqf Board or to the Akhil Bharat Hindu Mahasabha. The Allahabad HC, by a majority verdict, had ruled for a 3-way division of the disputed area. It had directed that the disputed site of 2.77 acres be partitioned equally among three parties.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Adityanath discusses Ramayana museum with Centre: sources

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath today met Union Tourism Minister Mahesh Sharma here and is learnt to have discussed the construction of Ramayana museum in Ayodhya. The two leaders discussed various tourism-related projects in the northern state, including construction of Ramayana museum for which the Centre has allocated a fund of Rs 154 crore, a source said. It is also learnt that Adityanath has accepted the Centre’s proposal for the museum and agreed to provide land for the project in a week’s time. The newly appointed Chief Minister also met Union Minister M Venkaiah Naidu and discussed various projects related to urban development in the state. Last year, Sharma, parliamentarian from Gautam Budh Nagar constituency of Uttar Pradesh, had visited the proposed site, identified some 15 km away from the disputed Ram Janmabhoomi-Babri Masjid complex, for the Ramayana museum. Various Ramayana-related sites in Nepal and Sri Lanka are also proposed to be connected with the museum. The development comes on a day when the Supreme Court said fresh attempts must be made by all parties concerned to find a solution to the Ram Janmabhoomi-Babri Masjid dispute which is a “sensitive” and “sentimental matter”. A bench headed by Chief Justice J S Khehar said that such religious issues can be solved through negotiations and offered to mediate to arrive at an amicable settlement.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

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