Shia Waqf Board chairman meets mahants

Shia Waqf Board chairman meets mahants

Shia Waqf Board chairman meets mahants

Lucknow, DHNS: Shia Waqf Board chairman Waseem Rizvi on Sunday met prominent Hindu seers in Ayodhya to work out a compromise formula on the vexed Ram Temple-Babri Masjid issue, even as the Muslim parties to the dispute rejected his mediation bid.

Rizvi, who held meetings with All India Akhara Parishad president Mahant Narendra Giri, Hanumangarhi temple Mahant Dharam Das and Nirmohi Akhara's Mahant Suresh Das, said that a compromise formula would be submitted to the Supreme Court, which was hearing the matter, before December 6 this year.

The disputed structure in Ayodhya was demolished by the kar sevaks on the same day in 1992.

Mahant Dharam Das also expressed a similar hope and said that all the parties wanted a negotiated settlement of the issue.

Though Das claimed that Iqbal Ansari, son of oldest Ayodhya litigant Hashim Ansari, also attended the meeting and assured all cooperation in arriving at a peaceful settlement of the dispute, the latter, according to sources, walked out of the meeting, questioning Rizvi's locus standi.

"Rizvi hails from Shia community... the mosque under dispute belonged to the sunnis," Ansari said.

Haji Mehboob, one of the Muslim plaintiffs in the Ram Janambhoomi-Babri Masjid Title suits, also said that Rizvi had not met him so far. "He should also meet Muslim parties if he wants a negotiated settlement," he said.

Rizvi, however, remained confident about a negotiated settlement and said that those who were opposing his efforts were in fact against the country.

The Hindu seers, however, made light of spiritual guru Sri Sri Ravishankar's reported efforts to help resolve the dispute and said that the latter should keep away from the matter as he was not a seer.

A few days ago, Rizvi held a meeting with Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath and apprised him of the progress in his efforts to resolve the dispute.

The Shia Waqf Board chairman had also met Art of Living founder Sri Sri Ravishankar in Bengaluru a few days ago and discussed the issue.

The Sunni Central Waqf Board, one of the main plaintiffs in the suits, however, has not shown any interest in the efforts by Rizvi.

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