-by Snehi Suryash
Hours before the scheduled Bhoomi Pujan, Owaisi has again made a controversial remark on the construction of the temple. Also called it appeasement of the minority community. This was said on August 4, just a day to go for the historic Bhoomi Pujan for the construction of grand temple of Lord Ram in Ayodhya.
AIMPLB has said that the Babri Masjid will remain a mosque because
once a mosque is established at a spot, it remains one till eternity.Also issued a veiled threat by invoking Hagia Sofia which was recently converted to a mosque. In its tweet the AIMPLB also cast aspersions on the Supreme Court’s unanimous verdict.
The Supreme Court judgment of November 2019 awarded 2.77 acres of the disputed site in Ayodhya to the Hindu side. Supreme Court had held that the act of placing idols at the site in 1949 amounted to “desecration”. Also said there is no evidence of the masjid having been built after razing Hindu temples as the remnants found after excavation go back several centuries before the mosque came up. It had also held that the 1993 demolition of the mosque was an act that violated the rule of law.
The same was termed as “extortive (ghasibana faisla)”
and the act of taking possession of the land an “illegal expropriation”. Also stated that this entire movement by the Hindutva elements was based on oppression, coercion, intimidation, embezzlement, usurpation and calumny. It was a purely political movement with nothing to do with religion and religious teachings.
Attacking the Supreme Court, the AIMPLB said, “Illegal expropriation does not change the reality. Supreme Court has given its verdict but has embarrassed justice.” Also asserted that the top court was “extremely unjust” to have handed over the land of the “masjid” for the building of the grand temple.
AIMPLB says that, “No need to be heartbroken. Situations don’t last forever.” The AIMPLB reiterated that a mosque always remains a mosque irrespective of what happens to it. The board called upon Indian Muslims not to be disappointed but to “surrender before affliction”. And to “repent over our sins”. “We must learn to strive hard in difficult times,” the statement concluded.
AIMPLB general secretary Maulana Wali Rahmani said that as the Supreme Court is the highest palladium of justice in our country, there is no option but to accept the judgment. However, it was an unjust and unfair judgment.
AIMPLB was soon heavily criticised by many prominent netizens, many of whom called for the implementation of uniform civil code.
The AIMPLB was not a party to the case but had roped in three litigants. Firstly, Mohammad Umar Khalid, a resident of Ayodhya town. Secondly, Misbahuddin, a resident of Ayodhya district and Lastly, Mehfusur Rehman, a resident of Tanda town in Ambedkar Nagar district – to file the review petition. However, all the review petitions were dismissed by the top court.
Meanwhile, Prime Minister Narendra Modi has arrived in Ayodhya on 5 August on the holy occasion of the ground-breaking ceremony. The ceremony was live-telecasted yesterday for devotees from across the world to witness and rejoice.