Ayodhya: The oldest litigant in the
Ayodhya title suit case, Mohammad Hashim Ansari has claimed
threat to his life, saying people playing politics over the
issue were plotting to kill him.
"When I started to talk about peace with Mahant
Gyandas Ansari (president of the Akhil Bharatiya Akhara
Parishad) those doing politics on this issue felt their shops
will get closed and they are issuing threats and plotting to
eliminate me," Ansari claimed.
The 90-year-old maintained that he started exploring
possibilities of an amicable solution only after the consent
of the Sunni Central Waqf Board, a claim denied by the Board.
Ansari said that if the issue could be sorted out
through talks, it should be done.
"If the issue could be sorted out through talks today,
tomorrow or two months, it should be done. After all we have
three months time," he said.
Ansari said that he was deeply hurt by the Sunni
Board counsel Zafaryab Jilani`s statement that he was merely
a litigant. "Being a simple litigant means that I carry bags.
It is an attack on prestige and an insult".
"I only intended to douse flames of fundamentalism at
any cost and Jilani cannot become a hindrance for me," Ansari,
who is making efforts for an out-of-court settlement of the
Ayodhya title dispute, said.
Demanding an apology from Jilani, Ansari said if the
Sunni Board`s counsel did not take his words back then he will
not pursue the case further. "If Jilani does not apologies
then I will finish this issue right here and will not talk to
anyone on the Babri mosque."
"To keep Hashim mum is a almost impossible and I
will establish harmony at all cost," he said.
Ansari also appealed to Hindus not to fight and keep
"I would like to request my Hindu brothers that don`t
fight because it will result in loss to the nation and the
community as well," Ansari said.
He said people know how honestly he struggled for the
cause of the mosque for 60 years. "I hope the people and media
will continue to support me".
Soon after the verdict, Ansari had called for burying
the dispute and making "a fresh start", a view shared by
84-year-old Mahant Bhaskar Das of Nirmohi Akhara.