Taking a tough stand, Vishwa Hindu Parishad today said it will not allow the Congress to re-construct Babri Masjid and announced that it would hold a a "Hindu congregation" in Ayodhya on November 19.
The Lucknow bench of the Allahabad High Court relied heavily on the ASI report in its verdict on the Ram Janmabhoomi-Babri Masjid dispute, says Dr AK Mishra, one of the three observer-archaeologists appointed by the high court for their vigil during the excavation by ASI at the disputed site in Ayodhya.
Undeterred by the All India Muslim Personal Law Board's decision to challenge the Ayodhya verdict in the Supreme Court, oldest litigant in the case Hashim Ansari on Satuday said that he will continue with his efforts for an out of court settlement.
A rift has emerged in the working committee of the All India Muslim Personal Law Board over the course of action to be taken in view of the Allahabad High Court verdict on ownership of the Babri Masjid-Ram Janmabhoomi site in Ayodhya.
The All India Muslim Personal Law Board (AIMPLB) is all set to pass on contentious Babri Masjid issue to next generation.
Amid contentions from some sections that the Ayodhya verdict was based on faith and not evidence, senior BJP leader L K Advani today said the report of the ASI has been the "clincher" in the judgement of the Allahabad High Court bench.
The two oldest litigants in Ayodhya title suit, Mohammad Hashim Ansari from All India Sunni Wakf Board and Mahant Bhaskar Das, head of the Nirmohi Akhara, on Saturday morning, had a maiden meet post-verdict. Sachidanand Shukla
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A section of influential Muslim leaders have decided to try and cajole their co-religionists to accept the Ayodhya verdict, a move aimed at not just ending the conflict but also enabling the community to occupy the moral high ground in the dispute. Zia Haq and M Hasan report.
The oldest litigant in the Ayodhya title suit case, Mohammad Hashim Ansari has claimed threat to his life, saying people playing politics over the issue were plotting to kill him.
From welcoming the Allahabad High Court verdict on the Ayodhya title suit, its stand on the controversial issue saw a slight shift on Tuesday as it urged people to wait for the Supreme Court's decision while underlining that the September 30 judgment did not condone the "shameful and criminal" act of demolition of the Babri mosque on December 6, 1992. Aurangzeb Naqshbandi
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The Congress on Tuesday said the Ayodhya verdict "in no way condones" the "shameful and criminal" demolition of the Babri mosque in 1992 and welcomed efforts to find an amicable resolution to the Ramjanmabhoomi-Babri Masjid dispute.
Lashing out at the Congress for raising the Babri Masjid demolition issue "again and again", BJP today said law is taking its course in the matter and advised the ruling party against giving "edifications".
Close on the heels of the initiative taken by 90-year-old Hashim Ansari for a negotiated settlement on the Ayodhya issue, the Nirmohi Akhara too has expressed its inclination to talk and resolve the dispute once and for all.
The Ayodhya verdict will be appealed in the Supreme Court within a month, the Sunni Central Waqf Board has said. The final call, however, still depends on the outcome of two crucial meetings of the All-India Personal Law Board, scheduled in the next few days. Zia Haq
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