Muslim parties ready to abandon the Ayodhya land claim: mediation panel
NEW DELHI: The mediation panel appointed by the court reported on Wednesday to the Supreme Court on the achievement of an innovative agreement for the annoying dispute over the 2.77 acres in which the Muslim parties agreed to waive their claim on land for construction from the temple Ram.
The parties that signed the agreement were the Sunni Waqf board, the Nirvani Akhara, a representative of Nirmohi Ani (parent body of the eight Nirmohi Akharas), the Hindu Mahasabha and the Ram Janmasthan Punarudhar Samiti, the sources told TOI.
The agreement, while seeking to facilitate a Ram temple, also seeks the strict implementation of the 1991 law that establishes the status quo for all places of worship that existed on August 15, 1947, the repair of all other mosques in Ayodhya and , more importantly, the construction of a mosque in an alternative site by the waqf board.
However, two main stakeholders, Ram Janmabhoomi Nyas and the VHP-backed deity through his next friend (the lawsuit filed by the deity includes Nyas as one of the plaintiffs), and a Jamiat Ulema faction, did not participate in the negotiations.
The sources said that since the Muslim parties agreed to renounce their claim on the land in dispute and agreed to allow the construction of the Ram temple, the Nyas would find it difficult not to accept this agreement, as it is the best they could get from the Supreme. Court if you decide to rule in your favor.
Only two days ago, the SC had ordered the UP government to provide adequate security to the president of the Sunni Waqf board, Zufar Ahmed Farooqi, when informed by one of the SC's mediators, Sriram Panchu, that Farooqi had threatened his life. The settlement points are:
- Implementation in letter and spirit of the Law of Places of Worship (Special Provision), 1991, which prohibits the conversion of any place of worship and to maintain the religious character of any place of worship as it existed on August 15, 1947, and Matters related to it or incidental to it. This act does not apply to the Ramjanmabhoomi-Babri Masjid dispute.
- Muslims will give up claiming the disputed 2.77-acre land in Ayodhya. The government will be responsible for the repair and restoration work of all mosques located in Ayodhya. UP Sunni waqf board to build a mosque in an alternative site.
- Select some mosques under the management of the Archaeological Survey of India to open them for the worship of Muslims after a committee appointed by the court listens to the holidays and choose the mosques to open for worship purposes.
Some of those who participated in the negotiation process, which was restarted on September 18 by the justice panel appointed by SC IMF Kalifulla, mediator and principal defender Panchu and spiritual leader Sri Sri Ravishankar, told TOI that even the faction Jamiat would find it difficult to oppose the agreement.
His argument was that even if the SC decides in favor of the Muslim parties, it will be the Sunni Waqf board that will be entitled to the land in dispute. Under Section 51 of the, the waqf board is the only statutory body that can consent to the acquisition of land under its control. Then, the waqf board, even if Muslim parties emerge victorious, could give up claiming the land in dispute, they said.