Congress leader Digvijay Singh has said that the verdict of the Allahabad High Court in the Ram Janambhoomi-Babri masjid title suit was the best possible judgement under the circumstances.
"In the present circumstances, there could not have been a better judgement. It has recognised the rights of Hindus and Muslims both," he said in an interview to Karan Thapar in CNN-IBN programme Devil's Advocate.
He said the best way to resolve the dispute was to come to some kind of a "reconciliation" between the two parties and for "God's sake" leave politicians and political parties out of it. Singh, who is also the General Secretary in-charge of Uttar Pradesh, said the party has held that the issue should be resolved out of court but if it cannot be done, "we should accept the court verdict."
Referring to the judgement, the Congress leader said, "There has to be a judgement which is a win win situation for all." At the same time, he maintained, the demolition of the Babri Masjid cannot be condoned and it has to be taken to its logical end. On whether the Muslims felt disappointed and despondent after the verdict, Singh said, "I think there is no need for despondency. The rights of Muslims have also been recognised..."
Asked about Rahul Gandhi comparing the banned SIMI with RSS and whether such a comparison was ill-timed and immature, Singh shot back saying, "It is neither ill-timed nor immature. These are two groups with ideology of fanaticism and fascism. They have been spreading the ideology of hatred and can be compared."
He said SIMI had activists involved in acts of terror and similarly there are a number of RSS activists involved in acts of terror. Singh cited acts of terror carried out by outfits affiliated to the RSS and their names to buttress the point. The Congress leader also rejected suggestions that Rahul was provoking the RSS and the BJP in sensitive times saying, "He is not provoking. The fact is that both are communal organisations."
Singh also rejected the theory that Gandhi was his 'chela' (disciple). "He (Gandhi) has got a mind of his own. He reads a lot. I think there is no question of being a chela or guru. He is my leader," Singh added.