|ALL INDIA MUSLIM
VHP’s Defiance and Venkaiah Naidu’s Retraction Not Surprising
Government must Clarify Stand on Supreme Court Judgement of October, 1994 Envisaging a Masjid in the Acquired Area near the Mandir
VHP must Declare its Intention regarding Existing Masjids and Graves within Panchkosi Parikarma
New Delhi, 30 May, 2003: Shri Syed Shahabuddin, President of the All India Muslim Majlis-e-Mushawarat (AIMMM), has issued the following Statement:
"The VHP’s denunciation of Shri Venkaiah Naidu’s suggestion on construction of the Masjid on the side of the Ram Mandir, to be built on the disputed site, and its retraction by him and his party is no surprise. Nor is the assertion by the VHP that it will defy the Supreme Court Order. After all, the NDA Government is the Government of the RSS, by the RSS, for the RSS.
Fortunately, the construction of the Mandir-Masjid complex within the acquired area is implicit in the Act of 1993 and explicit in the Supreme Court Judgement of October, 1994, though the site plan of the Complex is to be finalized, only after the title to the Babari Masjid site has been decided by the Special Bench. The Union Government tried but failed to undermine the Supreme Court Judgement which refused in March, 2003 to allot any part of the acquired area to the VHP or make any change in the status quo. The Union Government is duty bound to clarify its stand on the October, 1994 Judgement of the Supreme Court and warn the VHP that it will brook no interference with the execution of the scheme of construction, as outlined by the Supreme Court.
The VHP has again reiterated its old stand that it shall not permit the construction of a Masjid within the Panchkosi Parikarma. Presently, there are at least hundreds of Masjids and Maqbaras and acres of graveyards within the Panchkosi Parikarma. The VHP must declare its stand on these existing Masjids, Maqbaras and graveyards and clarify whether it plans to demolish the Masjids and Maqbaras like the Babari Masjid and to desecrate and occupy the graveyards."
Sd/- Syed Shahabuddin
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