New Delhi: BJP President Nitin Gadkari on Friday
expressed himself against the Ayodhya issue going to he
Supreme Court and offered "100 per cent" participation
if government makes efforts for evolving a consensus.
He also said that BJP would help build a mosque on the
banks of Saryu river along when a grand Ram temple would be
built at the "designated" place.
"Other than the "panchkoshi"--the land where the temple
will be constructed--BJP will give its support and good wishes
if a grand mosque is built on the banks of the Saryu. Temple
and mosque both should be constructed but at different places
so that there is no dispute," Gadkari said in an interview to
channel News 24.
The BJP President indicated that his party should follow
the dictum of "forget the past and look forward to the
Gadkari emphasised that building a consensus is a better
approach than approaching the Supreme Court.
Incidentally, Congress General Secretary Digvijay Singh
today also favoured a negotiated settlement to the Ayodhya
issue saying all right thinking people should work for a
compromise within the next three months in wake of the
Allahabad High Court verdict.
"Not only the government, but all right thinking people
should work for a negotiated settlement. From our side, we
will try for a settlement. The issue should be resolved,"
Singh told reporters.
Singh said that the party will respect the judicial
pronouncement but added that there are three months for filing
an appeal and a negotiated settlement can be worked out in
Spelling out his view on building a consensus, Gadkari
said, "BJP is not in favour of Allahabad High Court Verdict
going to Supreme Court on Ayodhaya. Instead, if through
consensus and reconciliation a temple could be built it
would be very good....I feel from my heart that finding a way
out is the solution."
Gadkari maintained that if the government took any
steps towards consensus building on the mandir-masjid issue,
BJP would fully support it.
"BJP would participate 100 per cent. If the government
honestly takes any step at finding a constructive solution in
national interest, BJP will support it," he said.