Ayodhya case: Litigants say they want peace

The litigants connected with the Ayodhya title suits have said they want peace in the aftermath of the ruling and accuse vested interests of creating unnecessary hype in the run up to the verdict.

Last Updated: Sep 21, 2010, 11:26 AM IST

Lucknow: Notwithstanding their counter
claims, the litigants connected with the Ayodhya title suits
have said they want peace in the aftermath of the ruling and
accuse vested interests of creating unnecessary hype in the
run up to the verdict.

"Whatever judgement comes on the 60-year-old dispute
over the Ayodhya title suits, there should be peace and
tranquillity as no problem in the world can be resolved
through violence and riots", the litigants said.

"We are awaiting the verdict of the court and
whatever it be, we want peace", Mahant Bhaskar Das of the
Nirmohi Akhara of Ayodhya, one of the litigants of the title
suit, said.

The option to approach the higher courts is always
open to any party unhappy with the verdict, he said.

"Though the administration has stepped up security in
Ayodhya, causing immense hardships to the pilgrims, I can say
for sure that the twin temple towns of Faizabad and Ayodhya
would remain peaceful," Das said.

"The flow of pilgrims has trickled down ever since the
security hype has been created, even though both the factions
here want peace", he said.

Similar is the refrain of 90-year-old Mohammad Hashim
Ansari, whose ill-health and advanced age will not allow him
to travel to Lucknow on the day when the verdict in the case
in which he had been involved since decades will be announced.

"We have been waiting for the past 60 years for this
day and we want that this dispute should end in Lucknow,"
Ansari said, adding no opportunity should be provided to
communal forces to exploit the situation at any cost.

"Musalman gam aur khushi ka izhar sadak par na
karey.. .issey kewal unka hi nuksaan hoga" (Muslims should
ensure that they do not react to the verdict whether it is
in favour or against on the roads as it would be harmful for
them only)," Ansari, who is also a litigant in the original
suit, appealed to the community.

"Such a reaction would give communal forces a chance
to jump in and exploit the situation," he said.

Trilok Nath Pandey, who is also involved in the case,
said unnecessary hype is being created over the upcoming
verdict.

The verdict would have no effect on the everyday life
of common people as none of the parties concerned has stated
that the verdict would not be acceptable to them, Pandey said,
adding that "whatever tension is seen is due to the political
leadership of the country which sees it as an opportunity to
serve their ulterior motives".

Zafaryab Jilani of the Sunni Central Waqf Board said
maintaining communal harmony is important and there should not
be any expression of resentment in public by any of the
parties concerned.

"Whichever party is aggrieved and not satisfied with
the verdict can approach the Supreme Court," he said.

PTI