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Shahabuddin on Sadiq-Sudarshan meeting

Sudden show of cordiality by RSS towards Dr Kalbe Sadiq is a move to separate Shia from other Muslims for fulfilling its objective. BMMCC reaffirms stand: No dialogue till Supreme Court decides appeals against Allahabad High Court judgment

New Delhi: Syed Shahabuddin, Convener of the Babari Masjid Movement Coordination Committee issued the following statement on 2 November:

The Babri Masjid Movement Coordination Committee has taken note of the sudden expression of cordiality between the former RSS Chief R Sudershan and the Shia cleric Dr Kalbe Sadiq. The Committee feels that this is perhaps the prologue to the revival of the effort by the Sangh Parivar to separate the Shia community from the Babri Masjid Movement and to prepare the ground for the take-over of the entire site of the demolished Masjid for fulfilling its objective of constructing the Ram Janambhoomi Mandir thereon. As in the past they have offered an alternative site for a Masjid outside Ayodhya. This proposal has been on the table for many years and has been rejected repeatedly by the Movement as well as by all Muslim organizations including the All India Muslim Personal Law Board.

The BMMCC recalls that before the Demolition, and even thereafter, there have been several rounds of discussion between Hindu leaders, including the late Pramacharya and the present Shankarcharya of Kanchipeetham. But all these discussions failed because the Ram Janambhoomi Movement was not prepared to make any compromise and insisted on the Muslim side surrendering the entire site of the Babri Masjid in order to enable it to concretize its objective.

The BMMCC reiterates that after the Allahabad High Court Special Bench Judgment of September, 2009 both sides have filed several appeals to the Supreme Court, and that in the circumstances there is no scope for negotiation until after the Supreme Court decide the appeal.

The BMMCC also likes to place on record that the Babri Masjid belongs to the Muslim community as a whole and not to the Shias alone.  Since the Shia claim was judicially rejected in 1946, no Shia leader or organization is competent to negotiate on the site with the RSS or the VHP, the BJP or any Hindu organization.

The BMMCC requests the Central Sunni Wakf Board and All India Muslim Personal Law Board to reject any overtures of the Sangh Parivar and cautions the leader of the Shia community not to fall into their trap.

This article appeared in The Milli Gazette print issue of 16-30 November 2011 on page no. 12

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