Meanwhile, the All India Babri Masjid Action Committee today it was ready to consider any proposal for construction of a temple outside the disputed Ayodhya site, provided it was routed through the Supreme Court.
"We are ready to consider any demand for construction of a temple in an area outside the graveyard of about 8.5 bighas and 23 plots of nazul area ..... but that has to be routed through the Supreme Court," its Convenor Zafaryab Jilani was quoted on Star News.
The temple construction activity should be outside the area where shilanyas was carried out and the Ram chabutra existed, Jilani said, adding that Supreme Court verdict was binding on both the VHP and the Action Committee.
"Board Has No Right" : Shahi Imam
Meanwhile, the Shahi Imam of Jama Masjid in Delhi today took strong exception to Muslim Personal Law Board agreeing to consider a proposal mooted by Kanchi Shankaracharya Jayendra Saraswati to construct a temple outside the disputed area saying the Board has no right to do so.
''The Board has no right to take any decision with regard to Babri Masjid dispute" he fumed.
Telugu Desam asserted that status quo should be maintained in Ayodhya where the acquired land should also be treated as a disputed land because it is inter-linked. Party leader Yerran Naidu said nobody should enter the acquired land."Whatever the present position is in Ayodhya, we have to maintain the same position, that is TDP's stand. Nobody should enter nor even the government of Uttar Pradesh which is protecting everything at the disputed site".
Trinamool Congress leader Mamata Banerjee said she would seek an appointment with Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee on Friday to express concern over the developments.
Samata Party spokesperson Jaya Jaitley also opposed the proposed VHP move for bhoomipujan and 100-day religious ceremonies in Ayodhya from March 15.
The National Conference has said that the status quo should be maintained in Ayodhya failing which there will be an adverse reaction and the country will have to pass through a precarious situation.
Resolve Through Process Of Law: Congress
"Congress stand is well known that the Ayodhya matter is sub-judice and has to be resolved through the process of law", Party spokesman S Jaipal Reddy said.
Asked whether the Congress would support Shankaracharya's efforts, Reddy said
the office of Shankaracharya had yesterday contacted Congress President Sonia
Gandhi to know the party's view point on Ayodhya. Gandhi has high regards for
the pontiff and thanked him for the courtesy extended to her, Reddy said adding
that the party's stand on the issue had
been communicated to him.
Quoting Supreme Court's order, Reddy said the land around the disputed site could not be handed over to anybody till a final settlment was arrived at. To a question, Reddy explained that Congress MP Ranganath Mishra was participating in the negotiations being conducted by Shankaracharya not as party leader but as a noted jurist.
Stop Any Move For Appeasement of VHP: CPM
The following statement was issued by the CPM polit bureau:
"The Polit Bureau of the Communist Party of India (Marxist) wishes to make it clear that the Vajpayee government is bound to maintain the status quo at the disputed site at Ayodhya and the acquired land around it. The CPI(M) wishes to warn the government that any move to allow puja at the "shilanyas" site which is part of the acquired land or, handing over any portion of the acquired land to the VHP would be a surrender to the VHP and subversion of the rule of law.
"The proposal mooted by the Shankaracharya Shri Jayendra Saraswati on
these lines is not acceptable as the VHP had made it clear that it sticks to the
original blueprint for temple construction whereby the sanctum sanctorum of the
temple will be located at the spot where the Babri Masjid stood. To allow a
formal move for construction by doing puja at the shilanyas site or to handover
any portion of the acquired land at this stage would mean accepting the VHP's
plan for construction.
"Such a move will flout the Supreme Court directive that nothing should be done till the title deed suit being heard at the Lucknow Bench of the Allahabad High Court is decided through the judicial process.
"The country will not tolerate any repetition of the past history of surrender to communal pressures which can lead to serious disruption of national unity.
"The Polit Bureau appeals to all secular and democratic forces to realise the danger of the moves being made by the BJP and the Central Government and unitedly demand that the Prime Minister stick to the position he stated earlier that the matter can now be resolved only on the basis of the court decision.
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