Ayodhya: VHP also to challenge 3-way division of land

VHP and religious leaders have decided to challenge the Allahabad HC verdict in Ayodhya title suits.

Ayodhya: A body comprising Vishwa Hindu
Parishad and religious leaders on Wednesday decided to challenge the
Allahabad High Court judgement in Ayodhya title suits relating
to the three-way division of the disputed land in the Supreme

The leaders, who met at Kar Sevakpuram here under the
auspices of Sant Uchadhikar Samiti, decided to approach the
apex court on the division of the disputed land among Hindus
and Muslims.

In a majority 2-1 verdict, the Lucknow Bench of the
Court on September 30 ruled the entire disputed land should be
divided into three equal parts among the Sunni Waqf Board, the
Nirmohi Akhara and the parties representing `Ram Lalla
Virajman` (seated Baby Ram).
It had also held that the place where the makeshift
temple of Lord Rama currently exists belongs to Hindus.

Advocate Trilok Nath Pandey representing `Ram Lalla
Virajman`, a litigant in Ayodhya title suits, would move the
Supreme Court challenging the three-way division of the land,
Swami Vasudevanand Saraswati, who chaired the meeting, told
reporters here.

VHP International president Ashok Singhal, who was
present at the press conference, said only non-division of the
land could resolve the lingering issue.

The Court had also accepted that `Ram Lala` is the
owner of the land, he said.

Asserting a grand Ram temple would be constructed at
the entire disputed land, Singhal said the Union government
should enact a law for handing over of the land to the Hindu

"Representatives of the Sant Uchadhikar Samiti will
meet Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on October 23 or 24 and
request him for enactment of a law for handing over of the
entire area to Hindus to facilitate construction of a grand
temple," he said.

The VHP leader cited the example of Somnath temple
which was constructed by enacting a law.

"There should be no new mosque within the cultural
boundary of Ayodhya," Singhal said.

On negotiated settlement of the Ayodhya tangle, he
said in the past proposals in this regard had been made four
times but to of no avail.
A resolution passed at the meeting said "the path
for mutual agreement has always been kept open and any such
move in future will get positive cooperation in the spirit of
our culture, values, traditions and beliefs."

It said "the verdict giving one-third of the land to
Muslims has given them a golden opportunity to put an end to
all and any kind of differences between the two communities by
offering it to Lord Ram."

The resolution welcomed the High Court verdict which,
it said, had accepted that the area is the birthplace of Lord

Singhal said Ayodhya should be developed as a tourist
centre for which a pilgrim development authority should be set

Through this authority, all centres of reverence
cited in the Balmiki Ramayan be developed for the purpose of
pilgrimage, he said.

VHP`s campaign for a Ram temple would continue till
it was constructed at the disputed site, Singhal said.

Swami Vishweswar Teerthji Maharaj of Udipi said talks
for an out-of-court settlement could be held only if Muslims
agreed to construct the mosque outside the disputed area.

"Muslims should give up their claim over the land and
help strengthen the feeling of mutual trust and harmony," he

A meeting of religious leaders would be held here
tomorrow to apprise people about deliberations of today`s
meeting, Singhal said.

Mahant of Akhara Parishad, Gyan Das, who is a member
of the Uchadhikar Samiti, kept away from the meeting.

The Mahant is pursuing for a negotiated settlement of
the issue.