The mediation panel will explore the possibility of an amicable settlement.
New Delhi: Political leaders from both ruling and opposition parties welcomed the Supreme Court's decision to appoint a panel headed to explore the possibility of an amicable settlement of the Ram Janmabhoomi-Babri Masjid land dispute case.
The Nationalist Congress Party on Friday welcomed the mediation panel appointed by the Supreme Court in Ayodhya's Ram Janmabhoomi-Babri Masjid land dispute case and said the resolution of differences by consensus was in national interest.
NCP spokesperson Nawab Malik, in a statement, said, "We welcome the appointment of the three-member mediation panel. If the dispute is resolved, it will be in national interest. The nation is hopeful that the issue would be resolved through consensus."
A five-judge Constitution Bench headed by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi on Friday referred the Ram Janmabhoomi-Babri Masjid land dispute case for mediation by a panel headed by retired apex court judge F M Kallifulla.
Union Minister Uma Bharti restrained from commenting about the mediators declared by the court. She said, “I don't want to comment on the Supreme Court order. But as a Hindu, I think, a temple should be made where Lord Ram was born.”
Bahujan Samajwadi Party chief Mayawati took to Twitter and welcomed the Supreme Court’s decision. Calling it an “honest effort,” Mayawati tweeted, “Hon’ble Court looking for ‘a possibility of healing relationships’ is an appreciable move. BSP welcomes it.”
अयोध्या मामले का सभी पक्षों को स्वीकार्य तौर पर निपटारे के लिये माननीय सुप्रीम कोर्ट द्वारा फैज़ाबाद में बंद कमरे में बैठकर मध्यस्थता कराने का जो आदेश आज पारित किया है वह नेक नीयत पर आधारित ईमानदार प्रयास लगता है, इसलिये बीएसपी उसका स्वागत करती है।— Mayawati (@Mayawati) March 8, 2019
CPI(M) leader Brinda Karat said that the previous mediation efforts had failed to yield results but this time, the Supreme Court is monitoring it and all the parties who have gone to the court are in agreement with the decision and it is to be seen what will be the result.
The mediation panel, whose other members are spiritual guru Sri Sri Ravi Shankar and senior advocate Sriram Panchu, will explore the possibility of an amicable settlement. The Supreme Court gave the panel eight weeks to complete its proceedings.
Commenting on Sri Sri Ravi Shankar as a mediator of the panel, AIMIM Chief Asaduddin Owaisi said, “It would've been better if SC had appointed a neutral person. Sri Sri Ravi Shankar who has been appointed a mediator had earlier made a statement ‘if Muslims don't give up their claim on Ayodhya, India will become Syria’.”
The Uttar Pradesh Deputy Chief Minister Keshav Prasad Maurya not questioning the Supreme Court’s Ram Janmabhoomi-Babri Masjid land dispute case for mediation said that no devotee wants further delay in construction of Ram temple. “Will not question the Supreme Court order. In the past, efforts were made to arrive at a solution, but with no success. No Lord Ram devotee or saint wants a delay in construction of Ram Mandir,” the BJP leader was quoted.
BJP leader Subramanian Swamy emphasised on the Muslim community in Ayodhya and said, “Wonderful opportunity for the Muslim community to show that they are different from Muslim communities in other parts of the world.”