Waqf Board should withdraw claim to disputed land: Mahasabha

Last Updated: Wednesday, October 20, 2010 - 21:10

Ayodhya: The Akhil Bharat Hindu Mahasabha
(ABHM) on Wednesday said that a settlement in the Ram Janmabhoomi-
Babri mosque dispute could be worked out amicably through
negotiations provided the Sunni Central Waqf Board
relinquishes its claim over the land to allow construction of
a Ram Temple on the entire disputed site.

"Muslims should give up their claim over the land in a
cordial manner paving the way for construction of the temple
and Hindus would also reciprocate (by making provisions for) a
mosque at some other place," Rakesh Kumar Arya, spokesman of
ABHM, said.
He said the Mahasabha`s president Swami Chakrapani has
written a letter to the Sunni Central Waqf Board recently
asking it to relinquish its claim on the land in national
interest.

"The mahasabha would go to the Supreme Court against
the Allahabad High Court verdict as other parties are also
approaching the apex court," he said, adding that the
organisation would strive to construct a grand temple on the
entire land.

The Akhil Bharat Hindu Mahasabha, one of the main
parties in the dispute, had earlier this month filed a caveat
in the Supreme Court to pre-empt any ex-parte order in the
Ayodhya title suit case.

Earlier today, Chakrapani met Mahant Gyan Das of the
Nirmohi Akhara parishad and lauded his efforts for a
negotiated settlement.

"The mahasabha is of the opinion that eminent people
like Gyan Das should continue their efforts," Arya said.

A meeting of the mahasabha`s national working
committee would be held in Ayodhya on October 31 and
development of the town would be on top of its agenda, Arya
said.
Meanwhile, a press note issued in Lucknow by media
cell of the state unit of the Mahasabha condemned Swami
Chakrapani for calling on Mahant Gyan Das who has been making
efforts for negotiated settlement of the issue against the
policy of the Mahasabha.

Arya said that the "so-called leaders" who had issued
the condemnation were "self-proclaimed" leaders of ABHM.

PTI



First Published: Wednesday, October 20, 2010 - 21:10

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