BY ABDUL BARI MASOUD
NEW DELHI: IN HIS weekly column in Rashtriya Sahara (Urdu) M J Akbar says that the Allahabad High Court verdict on the Ayodhya dispute is a semi-colon, not a full stop. He opines that the full stop will come when the Supreme Court takes a decision and Muslims have every right to appeal. He also recalled that in 1993 Parliament clearly prevented the courts from hearing any other dispute over a place of worship and Ayodhya is the last case of its kind.
Criticizing, the Congress, he points out that the party has been in power during all four of the nodal points of the Babri-Ayodhya controversy — opening of British Raj locks and installation of idols in 1949, laying of the foundation stone for a temple in 1989, destruction of Masjid in 1992 and the verdict in 2010 — is in search of an “amicable” settlement. He says that congress policy on the dispute rotate around one axis: ‘how to get the temple built without losing the Muslim vote’, while the BJP has no Muslim vote to lose. BJP will support such an under-the-surface endeavor since it want a temple to be constructed as soon as possible.
In an other report Hamara Samaj says that Congress party general sectary and Media department in charge Janardhan Diwedi has reportedly distributed sweet to media persons at his chamber in the AIICC headquarters after the Allahabad High Court verdict on Ayodhya dispute; welcoming the verdict ‘gleefully’, he reportedly said now it has been proved that the disputed place is in fact Lord Ram birthplace. The paper also said that congress is hatching a conspiracy to snatch away even the remaining of the Babri Masjid. It said that Rashid Alvi, Digvijay Singh and Subodh Kant Sahay are in the fore front of the conspiracy.