Ram temple: Muslim groups oppose demand for Ordinance

Ram temple: Muslim groups oppose demand for Ordinance

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

Muslim groups and its leaders on Monday opposed Hindutva groups' demand for an Ordinance to build Ram Temple in Ayodhya.

Reacting to the demands from the RSS, the BJP and the VHP among others, AIMIM chief Asaddudin Owaisi dared the government to issue an ordinance, saying the NDA government was trying to scare them.

"If they have the courage, they should bring an Ordinance on Ram Temple construction. They are trying to scare us about bringing an Ordinance, why don't they bring it. Every Tom, Dick and Harry of BJP, RSS, VHP is saying this. You are in power. Let us see. I challenge them to do it," he said.

Asked about Union Minister Giriraj Singh's comments that Hindus were "running out of patience", he said Prime Minister Narendra Modi should appoint him as country's Attorney General as soon as he returns from the Japan tour. "Once he (Giriraj) is made A-G, he can say the same thing in front of the Supreme Court," Owaisi said.

The All India Muslim Personal Law Board (AIMPLB) said whatever the Supreme Court has ordered should be honoured. AIMPLB member Zafaryab Jilani said it was not appropriate for anyone to either welcome or condemn the order," the senior counsel said.

"Whatever the Supreme Court has said has to be honoured," Jilani said adding he will only raise grievances in court and not in public platform.

All India Shia Personal Law Board spokesperson Yasoob Abbas said the case should be resolved and it should not be allowed to hot up in the run-up to Lok Sabha elections.