SC on Ayodhya Ram Temple: From Owaisi to RSS' Dattatreya, politicians react to apex court's 'interference'

After the Supreme Court advised an amicable settlement of the Ayodhya dispute, the BJP on Tuesday hailed the remarks and said that a solution through friendly negotiations was the best way to solve the long-pending dispute.

Supreme court. AFP

Supreme court. AFP

"This is a very good step by the apex court. Even the BJP has been encouraging solving the issue through negotiations," said PP Chaudhary, Minister of State for Law and Justice and a senior BJP leader.

BJP spokesperson Sambit Patra said: "Aggrieved parties should amicably settle this issues talking to each other. They should talk outside the court as well."

Uma Bharti, Minister of Water Resources, welcomed the Supreme Court's ruling on the matter.

Describing the Supreme Court's advice as ''superb", Union Minister Mahesh Sharma hoped that it will pave the way for the construction of the Ram temple.

"It's a superb advice. There can't be a better advice to solve the problem," Sharma told reporters outside parliament on Tuesday.  The minister added that the party leadership and Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath would definitely discuss the issue.

"The advice would pave the way for construction of Ram temple," Sharma said. He also said that construction of the Ram temple at Ayodhya is not a political issue but about the faith of crores of Indians living in and outside the country.

Here are how some other big names reacted on Twitter:

Dattatreya Hosabale of RSS said that the Ayodhya dispute is to be decided by the Dharma Sansad and all the other parties involved. He added that a grand Ram temple should be erected with the total involvement of all Indians.

Sitaram Yechury of CPM said that the matter had gone to the court because it could not be resolved outside.

However, Zafaryab Jilani, Convenor of Babri Masjid Action Committee believed that an out-of-court settlement is not possible as negotitions have failed to yield any result previously.

Virtually ruling out an out-of-court settlement of the Ayodhya dispute as suggested by the Supreme Court on Tuesday, MP Asaduddin Owaisi said the case was about title. He tweeted:

Owaisi is a member of All India Muslim Personal Law Board (AIMPLB), which had challenged in the Supreme Court the 2010 verdict of the Lucknow Bench of the Allahabad High Court directing that the Babri Masjid-Ramjanmbhoomi disputed site be divided into three parts.

Owaisi hoped that the Supreme Court would decide the other cases pending since the demolition of Babri Masjid in 1992.

Owaisi further added that the apex court should start daily hearings of Ayodhya dispute to reach a judgement.

On 26 February last year, the apex court had allowed Subramanian 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 earlier moved the plea for a direction to allow construction of Ram Temple in Ayodhya at the disputed site and had mentioned it before a bench headed by the 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 a 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 Janmabhoomi-Babri Masjid site in Ayodhya on 30 September, 2010.

With inputs from agencies


Published Date: Mar 21, 2017 03:26 pm | Updated Date: Mar 21, 2017 03:58 pm