Advani's Somnath parallel does not apply on Babri Masjid at all
Advani’s Somnath Parallel Does Not Apply At All
Talks Failed Because Surrender Was Sought, Not Compromise
Adjudication is the Only Way
AIMMM & BMMCC Appeal to Advani to Commit BJP to Accept Final Judicial Verdict
New Delhi, 29 July, 2005: Shri Syed Shahabuddin, President of the All India Muslim Majlis-e-Mushawarat
(AIMMM) and Convenor, Babari Masjid Movement Coordination Committee (BMMCC), has issued the following Statement:
“All India Muslim Majlis-e-Mushawarat (AIMMM) and Babari Masjid Movement Coordination Committee (BMMCC) have taken note the statement of Shri L.K. Advani on ways to fulfill the standing commitment of the BJP (and the Sangh Parivar) to build a Ram Temple on the site of the Babari Masjid.
Shri Advani has suggested three approaches to this target: 1) Cabinet Resolution on the pattern of the one adopted for the reconstruction of the Somnath Mandir; 2) Voluntary Surrender by the Muslim community of its rights over the Babari Masjid site; and 3) Judicial Verdict in favour of the Hindu community.
The Somnath parallel, Shri Advani knows, does not apply as there was no dispute about history of the site; there was no Muslim claim; there was no litigation.
The second option is out of question because the standing Masjid was unlawfully demolished and the object of negotiations was always to coerce Muslims to surrender their rights over the site and not to seek a compromise.
The third option is adjudication on which both sides converge. But Shri advani has cleverly omitted to commit himself to wait for and to accept the final judicial verdict in consonance with his oath of loyalty to the Constitution. Shri Advani’s difficulties with his ideological and political masters – the RSS are understandable. But a national leader of his stature in a democracy cannot ignore the Rule of Law.
The AIMMM/BMMCC take this opportunity to reiterate the commitment to accept and abide by the final judicial verdict and to reaffirm their faith in the judiciary and appeal to Shri Advani to commit his party to accept the final judicial verdict, whatever it may be."
Sd/- Syed Shahabuddin
President, ALL INDIA MUSLIM
Convenor, Babari Masjid Movement Coordination Committee
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