3 main parties to Ayodhya suit meet, discuss a formula

Three main parties in the Ayodhya title suits met on Friday to discuss a settlement formula.

Ayodhya: Unfazed by plans of others to
approach the Supreme Court, three main parties in the Ayodhya
title suits--Ram Janmbhoomi Trust, Hashim Ansari and Nirmohi
Akhara—on Friday came together for the first time on a public
platform and discussed a formula for a negotiated settlement.

Panch Ram Das of Nirmohi Akhara, Ramvilas Vedanti of
Ram Janmbhoomi Trust and 90-year-old litigant Hashim Ansari
held a meeting at the residence of Hanuman Ghari Mahant Gyan
Das and deliberated ways to find a solution.
Later, the three men claimed they have reached a formula,
which they think would be acceptable to both Hindus and
Muslims, but did not elaborate. Akhil Bharat Hindu Mahasabha
and Sunni Central Waqf Board have announced they would
approach Supreme court.

"We have devised a solution to the dispute keeping in
mind sentiments of people of both Hindu and Muslim
communities. And we have also taken into account court`s
verdict on the issue", Gyan Das told reporters after over
one-and-a-half hour meeting.

"We want to create a situation where Hindus do karsewa
for construction of mosque and Muslim do similar services for
a temple. Those talking of approaching (Supreme) court should
understand that this issue could not be resolved through court
or parliament", Gyan Das said without spelling out details.

"Hashim bhai has given me the responsibilty for
initiating settlement talks and I have brought the three on a
platform. The roza-iftar was held here and now the Ayodhya
dispute will be sorted out here", Das added.
Agreeing with Das, Ansari said that even if someone
approached Supreme Court, their exercise for an amicable
settlement would continue.

"We will not allow those playing politics over the
issue among us", Ansari said.

About the meeting, Panch of Nirmohi Akhari Ram Das
said he hoped that both Hindus and Muslims would not have
any objection to their formula.

Stating that their forumla would spread message of
communal harmony and peace, Mahant Ram Das said that
politicians should stop issuing statements on the issue.

"Bahut khoon kharaba ho gaya, ab aman chain ki baat
karni hai" (The issue has witnessed a lot of bloodshed, now we
have to talk of peace and harmony), he said.

Vedanti, a senior member of the Ram Janmbhoomi Trust,
said he has met Hashmi for the first time and he was glad to
talk to him.

"The formula will help in mending fences between hindu
and muslim community", Vedanti said.