Ayodhya: VHP also to challenge 3-way division of land

Ayodhya: VHP also to challenge 3-way division of land Ayodhya: A body comprising Vishwa Hindu Parishad and religious leaders on Wednesday decided to challenge the Allahabad High Court judgement in Ayodhya title suits relating to the three-way division of the disputed land in the Supreme Court.

The leaders, who met at Kar Sevakpuram here under the auspices of Sant Uchadhikar Samiti, decided to approach the apex court on the division of the disputed land among Hindus and Muslims.

In a majority 2-1 verdict, the Lucknow Bench of the Court on September 30 ruled the entire disputed land should be divided into three equal parts among the Sunni Waqf Board, the Nirmohi Akhara and the parties representing 'Ram Lalla Virajman' (seated Baby Ram).

It had also held that the place where the makeshift temple of Lord Rama currently exists belongs to Hindus.

Advocate Trilok Nath Pandey representing 'Ram Lalla Virajman', a litigant in Ayodhya title suits, would move the Supreme Court challenging the three-way division of the land, Swami Vasudevanand Saraswati, who chaired the meeting, told reporters here.

VHP International president Ashok Singhal, who was present at the press conference, said only non-division of the land could resolve the lingering issue.

The Court had also accepted that 'Ram Lala' is the owner of the land, he said.

Asserting a grand Ram temple would be constructed at the entire disputed land, Singhal said the Union government should enact a law for handing over of the land to the Hindu Samaj.

"Representatives of the Sant Uchadhikar Samiti will meet Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on October 23 or 24 and request him for enactment of a law for handing over of the entire area to Hindus to facilitate construction of a grand temple," he said.

The VHP leader cited the example of Somnath temple which was constructed by enacting a law.

"There should be no new mosque within the cultural boundary of Ayodhya," Singhal said.

On negotiated settlement of the Ayodhya tangle, he said in the past proposals in this regard had been made four times but to of no avail.

A resolution passed at the meeting said "the path for mutual agreement has always been kept open and any such move in future will get positive cooperation in the spirit of our culture, values, traditions and beliefs."

It said "the verdict giving one-third of the land to Muslims has given them a golden opportunity to put an end to all and any kind of differences between the two communities by offering it to Lord Ram."

The resolution welcomed the High Court verdict which, it said, had accepted that the area is the birthplace of Lord Ram.

Singhal said Ayodhya should be developed as a tourist centre for which a pilgrim development authority should be set up.

Through this authority, all centres of reverence cited in the Balmiki Ramayan be developed for the purpose of pilgrimage, he said.

VHP's campaign for a Ram temple would continue till it was constructed at the disputed site, Singhal said.

Swami Vishweswar Teerthji Maharaj of Udipi said talks for an out-of-court settlement could be held only if Muslims agreed to construct the mosque outside the disputed area.

"Muslims should give up their claim over the land and help strengthen the feeling of mutual trust and harmony," he said.

A meeting of religious leaders would be held here tomorrow to apprise people about deliberations of today's meeting, Singhal said.

Mahant of Akhara Parishad, Gyan Das, who is a member of the Uchadhikar Samiti, kept away from the meeting.

The Mahant is pursuing for a negotiated settlement of the issue.