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Babri case can't be decided on 'aastha', says Owaisi


Hyderabad, Dec 4 (IANS): MIM chief Asaduddin Owaisi has said that the title suit of the Babri Masjid can be decided only on the basis of evidence and not on 'aastha' (faith) as the Sangh Parivar is demanding.

Addressing a public meeting here on Sunday, he voiced his apprehension that the Sangh Parivar might vitiate the atmosphere in the country on the issue before the 2019 elections to gain political mileage.

The Member of Parliament condemned the statements by the Vishwa Hindu Parishad leaders that the construction of the Ram temple in Uttar Pradesh's Ayodhya will begin on October 18, 2018.

Owaisi wondered how they could make such a statement when the title suit was still pending in the Supreme Court.

He said such attempts could repeat the violence and bloodshed witnessed in the country in the 1990s during BJP leader L.K. Advani's Rath Yatra and after the demolition of the Babri mosque. He warned that this could weaken the country.

The public meeting was organised by the Joint Action Committee comprising various Muslim organisations just days ahead of the 25th anniversary of the demolition of the mosque on December 6.

In 1992, on that date, a large number of religious volunteers or "Kar Sevaks" gathered in the temple town and demolished the 16th century structure, leading to widespread rioting and political crisis.

Taking strong exception to Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh chief Mohan Bhagwat's statement that only a temple could be built in Ayodhya, Owaisi said: "Muslims would not be cowed down by such threats."

"What is pending in the Supreme Court is title suit, which will be decided purely on evidence and not an aastha," he said.

Owaisi said Babri Masjid was not the issue of Muslims but an issue linked to secularism. "This is an issue which will decide the course of this country," he said.

The MP said he supports Justice Manmohan Singh Liberhan's suggestion that the title suit should not be taken up for hearing till the criminal case relating to the demolition of the mosque was disposed off.

Owaisi also quoted former Chief Justice A.M. Ahmedi reportedly saying that had Justice Venkata Challaiah not permitted Kar Seva, it would not have led to the demolition of the Babri Masjid.

He said even 25 years after the demolition, the contempt of court case had not come up for hearing in the apex court.

The MIM president alleged that the BJP is returning to its real agenda as it has failed to provide jobs to the unemployed and demonetisation and the Goods and Services Tax has hit the people and dealt a blow to the economy.

Babri Masjid Action Committee convenor Zafaryab Jeelani said it was not an issue of "aastha" but of the political interests of some communal groups. He recalled that even the FIR registered in 1949 states that idols were stealthily kept in the mosque.

He said some elements tried to spread the falsehood that it was the birthplace of Ramchanderji (Lord Ram) but this has nothing to do with facts.

The speakers called up on Muslims to peacefully observe the shutdown on December 6 to demand reconstruction of the mosque at its original place.

Comment on this article

  • mahesh, Mangalore

    Mon, Dec 4 2017

    its win win both ways for the BJP.
    If the case is in favour of temple, BJP will take the credit.
    If the case is not in thier favour, enough emotions will be aroused.
    Afterall 80% of the population is Hindus. Dont ever forget that.

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  • Luv, Mangalore

    Mon, Dec 4 2017

    Muslim community is very organised and united, they should be generous enough to build a temple for Hindus in ayodhya with their own money !!
    Allah would definitely reward your humanity and generosity..

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  • Jossey Saldanha, Mumbai

    Mon, Dec 4 2017

    I would prefer a School in Ayodhya because literacy level is very poor ...

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  • Karthik Karkera, Maryhill Mangalore

    Mon, Dec 4 2017

    If an ancient church at the birth place of Jesus gets demolished by invaders and a mosque built over it , will you say the same thing?

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  • JAGDISH, mumbai

    Mon, Dec 4 2017

    Yes he will build a school there...he is very down to earth guy.

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  • S.M. Nawaz Kukkikatte, Dubai

    Mon, Dec 4 2017

    Karthik Karkera
    u and me seen Babri Masjid demolished in 1992 But have you seen Babar demolished Mandir and Builed Masjid in Ayodya?
    No right?
    If your say about History then there was many Controversy on this issue

    Yesterday Ram Mandir
    Today Taj Mahal
    and Sangh Pariwar has many list for tomorrows!

    So Let us wait for Supreme Court Verdict

    Not Bhagwath or Owaisi senseless statement

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  • Karthik Karkera, Maryhill Mangalore

    Mon, Dec 4 2017

    How can I see the temple when it was demolished in 15 th century? There are many historical records for this, the fight has been going on for centuries since the demolition, even Marathas tried to build temple but where stopped by Moghuls. There were fights during British rule also, this is not just a Sangh Parivar agenda

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  • A_Hindu, Mangalore

    Tue, Dec 5 2017

    Have you see your almighty God? no right but then still you believe him right. Same way we believe in our Lord shri Ram and we hindus do want entertain politics debate on that. Hindustan is the land of temples, Its a land of Ramayan and Mahabharath and Ayodya is the land of Lord Shri Ram. Moguals invaded our holy land in 13 century and destroyed thousands of temple where Ayodya is one among them which is unpardonable and unforgettable and unforgivable. Babar went on to Afganistan and died there. Babar is an invader theif who came to our holy land of temples. Ram Mandir vahi banega jaha hamare Ram, incarnation of lord vishnu was born.

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  • Jossey Saldanha, Mumbai

    Mon, Dec 4 2017

    Karthik Karkera, Maryhill Mangalore,
    Yes I would say the same because there is only One God & he is Everywhere ...

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  • RK, Mangalore

    Tue, Dec 5 2017

    Hi Jossey,

    Similarly Christian Development fund instituted by your dear CM can be utilised for development and maintenance of Govt schools which are in a very bad shape.

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  • Karthik Karkera, Maryhill Mangalore

    Mon, Dec 4 2017

    Mr Owaisi, even if it is on facts the verdict will be in favour of the temple only. It is proven by the Archaeological Survey of India after the excavation made that the Mosque was built over the ruins of a temple of 10 the century. Based on this evidence itself Allahabad High court bench gave the verdict .

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  • HENRY MISQUITH, Bahrain

    Mon, Dec 4 2017

    BJP grown has an party by demolishing Babar masjid..

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  • The Guru, Mangalore

    Mon, Dec 4 2017

    First speak about the principal of a school in Jharkhand his name is Xavier then u comment on Babri and Ayodhya

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