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AIMPLB to discuss seer's proposal in July;
insists there will be no compromise
Shahid K Abbas in New Delhi |
June 22, 2003 04:01 IST
The All India Muslim Personal Law Board wants the Liberhan Commission to examine former Uttar Pradesh chief minister Kalyan Singh in view of his recent allegation that Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee and his deputy Lal Kishenchand Advani were responsible for the demolition of the Babri masjid.
AIMPLB on Saturday met in a five star hotel in Delhi to discuss recent developments on the issue, but avoided the much-touted proposals by Kanchi Shankaracharya Jayendra Saraswati to end the dispute.
The Board's Working Committee is expected to discuss the seer's proposals when it meets in Lucknow on July 6.
AIMPLB general secretary Maulana Nizamuddin, however, admitted that the shankaracharya's proposals did find a mention during a general discussion on the prevailing political situation in the country.
The Board members were firm that there would be no compromise on the issue.
"At the meeting, we reiterated the Working Committee's earlier stand that the disputed land belongs to the Waqf and cannot be handed over to anyone. Of course, we would abide by any decision of the court," he told rediff.com.
AIMPLB member Yusuf Hatim Muchchala told rediff.com that the main topics covered at Saturday's meeting were the excavation work by the Archeological Survey of India at the disputed site in Ayodhya and its interim report on the same, and the proceedings of the Liberhan Commission, particularly in the backdrop of Kalyan Singh's recent statements.
In Lucknow, AIMPLB chairman Maulana Rabe Hasan Nadwi said he has convened a meeting of the Working Committee, which is likely to take place on July 6, to discuss the seer's fresh proposals.
Nadwi said he had a cursory glance at the pontiff's letter written in English, which contained 'whatever the shankaracharya had in mind for resolving the deadlock'.
"The shankaracharya is a great religious personality. He wants Hindus and Muslims to live in peace. His proposals reflect his sincere efforts (to resolve the issue)," he said.
Earlier, the Board shifted the venue of its meeting in Delhi to a five-star hotel from its head-office in Okhla fearing resistance and protests from Muslim organisations.
With inputs from PTI