Is Ayodhya move timed for elections, ask Congress, CPM

“The government has filed an application on a matter that dates back to March 31, 2003. Why was the auspicious time today? Is it because Lok Sabha elections are two months away,” Congress spokesman Abhishek Manu Singhvi told reporters.  PTI file photo

Congress on Tuesday questioned the timing of the Modi government move to submit an application in the Supreme Court seeking transfer of non-disputed land in Ayodhya to trust and other owners.

The VHP welcomed the government move for the restoration of the surplus land to the Ram Janmabhoomi Nyas, the CPM wanted the status quo to be maintained.

“The government has filed an application on a matter that dates back to March 31, 2003. Why was the auspicious time today? Is it because Lok Sabha elections are two months away,” Congress spokesman Abhishek Manu Singhvi told reporters here.

At the same time, Singhvi said it did not have an opinion on the government move and it was for the Supreme Court to give its ruling on the application.

Defending the move, the BJP said the Centre is not touching the disputed area and indicated that any return of the undisputed land could pave the way for construction of Ram temple in Ayodhya.

Senior BJP leader and union minister Prakash Javadekar said only 0.313 acres of land is disputed, noting its title suit is yet to be decided.

But the CPM alleged that the move was aimed at appeasing the Sangh Parivar which is demanding immediate construction of the temple at all costs.

“Obviously, all these moves are being orchestrated keeping the impending Lok
Sabha elections in mind,” CPM Polit Bureau said in a statement.

The CPM termed the government move as a “devious” effort on the part of the government to “pre-empt” the decision of the Supreme Court.

All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (AIMIM) chief Asaduddin Owaisi dubbed the move as an “insidious attempt” to prevent a fair and independent adjudication of the Babri Masjid dispute.

 

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