Deferment evokes mixed reactions in Ayodhya

Deferment evokes mixed reactions in Ayodhya

File photo dated October 1990, shows Babri Masjid in Ayodhya. PTI

Deferment of the Ram Janambhoomi-Babri Masjid title suits by the Supreme Court on Monday evoked mixed reactions in Ayodhya with the Hindu seers and Muslim leaders expressing diametrically opposite views.

While the Hindu seers expressed disappointment at the deferment and demanded a Parliamentary legislation for the Ram Temple, the Muslim litigants and leaders said that they would wait for the court verdict on the issue.

Uttar Pradesh Deputy Chief Minister Keshav Prasad Maurya said that he was "disappointed" by the deferment of the case.

"It is very disappointing...we were hoping that the matter will be heard on a daily basis but now we do not know when will this matter be resolved...the government should enact a law for the construction of the Ram Temple," prominent Ayodhya-based seer Mahant Paramhans Das said.

The Mahant also threatened to embark on a 'fast-unto-death' in Ayodhya if the government failed to make the law by December 6 this year. The disputed structure had been demolished in Ayodhya on December 6, 1992.

Das had recently embarked on an indefinite fast to press for his demand but was forcibly admitted to the hospital by the police and fed.

Iqbal Ansari, one of the main plaintiffs in the matter, however, said he had faith in the judiciary and would wait for the court verdict. "Although we also wanted the matter to be heard on a daily basis the court must have taken the decision to defer the case after considering every issue," Ansari said in Ayodhya.