With BJP-RSS leaders assembling in Lucknow to chalk out revival strategy for the party in UP, the Chief Minister Mulayam Singh Yadav on Friday rushed to Islamic Centre Darul Uloom Nadwatul Ulema (Nadva) to meet All India Muslim Personal Law Board (AIMPLB) chairman Maulana Rabey Hasan Nadvi to discuss the board’s long pending demand of fresh notification in Babri Masjid demolition case.
Yadav had nearly 30-minute talks with Nadvi. The minister for Family welfare Ahmad Hasan accompanied the chief minister. Highly placed sources said that the chief minister had assured Nadvi to immediately consider the demand.
The board has also announced to take up the issue at its three-day annual session from January 11 to 13 in Chennai. It is learnt that AIMPLB members are also unhappy over the Yadav government's gesture of providing state guest facilities to 25 top BJP attending the conclave in Lucknow.
The board at its meeting in Delhi last month had asked the chairman to lead a delegation to the chief minister to press for the fresh notification clubbing of Babri Masjid demolition case Nos 197 and 198. The case 198 about Babri demolition conspiracy involving senior BJP leaders including LK Advani, Dr Murli Manohar Joshi, Vinay Katiyar, VHP chief Ashok Singhal and others is pending in Rae Bareli court. The main demolition case (197) is in Lucknow court.
Ever since the High Court struck down earlier notification on technical grounds, the AIMPLB has been demanding fresh notification in the matter. In Opposition Mulayam Singh Yadav had announced in the Lok Sabha that fresh notification would be issued if his party came to power in the state.
However, even after three years the state government is sitting tight over the demand. The board wanted that Rae Bareli case should be referred to Lucknow court for speedy trial.
With Muslims feeling disenchanted with the ruling Samajwadi Party the repeated pressure of AIMPLB on the chief minister for notification has created a ticklish situation for the government. The board has also asked the government to clarify its stand on "bullet-proofing" of sanctum sanctorum at Ramjanam Bhoomi-Babri Masjid site.
The state government, which had prepared a fresh security plan after July 2005 attack on Ayodhya temple in association with the central government, has now been dithering under the AIMPLB pressure.
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