New Delhi: Senior BJP leader LK Advani feels "vindicated" about his Ayodhya `rath yatra` in the wake of the Allahabad High Court verdict and prefers a negotiated
settlement for building a Ram temple at the place where the makeshift now stands.
Advani, the mascot of the temple campaign who launched the rath yatra in 1989, also rejects criticism that the last week`s judgement of the Lucknow Bench puts faith above law, saying it is only a case of "faith upheld by law".
He strongly endorses his party president Nitin Gadkari`s suggestion that Muslims can build a mosque "outside the complex" in Faizabad on the banks of river Saryu.
In the course of more than an hour-long interview with a news agency, the BJP leader, who will turn 84 next month, is careful in his statements and does not want to appear victorious after the judgement and would not say anything that would ruffle the
feathers in the Muslim community.
"Yes, I do feel vindicated because I believe that until 1989 BJP was not part of this (temple) movement which actually started in 1949," he said, to a question whether the
judgement has vindicated his temple campaign launched in 1989 from Somnath to Ayodhya.
Replying to questions on what is the way forward and whether the BJP and Sangh Parivar would take the initiative for a negotiated settlement, Advani said, "The way forward is
an agreement between the two communities that this (construction of temple at the disputed place in Ayodhya) should happen. What should happen let them work it out."