Lucknow: The settlement of the Ayodhya mandir-masjid dispute through negations is highly unlikely, going by the reactions of the warring groups. Only three days are left to reach an agreement and none, who matters, has come out in open support of the proposal yet. The Supreme Court, therefore, which had asked these groups to explore this possibility and report the outcome by the end of month, is likely to be left with no choice but to itself decide on the issue.
There was a glimmer of hope created by responses by some Hindu and Muslim religious leaders in Ayodhya and son of late Hashim Ansari who was one of the oldest litigant in the case, that they would welcome out-of-court settlement.
But the recent statements of the petitioner, Subramanian Swamy, the Bharatiya Janata Party's Rajya Sabha member, and some leaders of the Vishwa Hindu Parishad and the Bajrang Dal at different places including Meerut where they met on Sunday have almost completely dashed it. It was on Swamy's petition that the Court had made negotiated settlement suggestion.
While the hard-crore Hindu groups like VHP are in favour of a legislation to facilitate construction of the temple at the site where a make-shift temple exists now, all others including Swamy , will go for a temple at the same site but without any legislation in this regard,
A VHP general secretary Champat Rai has gone to the extent of saying that the outfit will hold 5000 meetings in different parts of the country to put pressure on the government to frame a law. The demand has grown because both at the Centre and in Uttar Pradesh.,where the temple is located . the Bhartiya Janata Party rules.
The party had launched a movement in support of the Ram temple at Ayodhya which had largely contributed to its first victory in UP. The party's stand at present, however, is that either the dispute should be settled though the court's order or negotiations.
In addition to HIndu hardliners, some orthodox Muslim leaders and convener of the Babri Masjid Action Commitee, Jaffaryab Jilani, are opposed to out- of- court settlement. They want the Court to hear the case daily , even during summer holidays, and pronounce its verdict as early as possible. The dispute has remained unsettled for decades.
An agreement can be reached if the Muslims agree for construction of mosque away from the present site, adjacent to the temple site. Swamy and some others have made this suggestion to them. But it has not been acceptable, at least openly, to any minority group or leader so far.