Read the Ayodhya judgement: BJP advice to Left
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Last Updated: Tuesday, October 05, 2010, 22:18
New Delhi: The BJP on Tuesday slammed Left parties for their remarks that Ayodhya verdict is based on faith and belief, asking them to read the 12,000-page judgement of the Allahabad High Court to understand how the judgement was given on the basis of "testimony and settled principles of law".

"I will tell them: please read the 12,000-page judgement (to understand) how on the basis of testimony and settled principles of law, the court has decided the case," party's chief spokesperson Ravi Shankar Prasad told reporters.

He said that it was surprising for him to listen that Left parties are talking about belief.

"How much the Communists and especially CPI(M) understand the meaning of belief. They are very far from belief."

Terming as "disturbing" the Allahabad High Court verdict for a three-way division of the Ayodhya land by giving "primacy" to faith and religious belief, the CPI(M) said it would "set a dangerous precedent for the future".

"There are apprehensions that some of the reasoning set out in the (title deed suit) judgements may be taken as a post-facto justification for the (Babri) demolition" which was a criminal offence, CPI(M) General Secretary Prakash Karat told reporters after a two-day meet of the party's Politburo.

Referring to BJP leader L K Advani's statement that faith had been upheld by law, Karat said "our criticism has been that faith cannot be the basis for a title deed suit. ... Law should not be decided by faith."

In a statement, the CPI National Executive also held that the Allahabad High Court verdict was based on "faith and religious belief" and said questions were being raised on rule of law and principles of secular democracy.

"The Allahabad High Court judgement (is) based on faith and religious belief rather than the basic tenets of history, archaeology, legal logic and facts of other streams of scientific knowledge," it said, adding that questions were being raised on the "fundamentals of jurisprudence, rule of law and the principles of secular democracy."


First Published: Tuesday, October 05, 2010, 22:18

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