Ram Janmabhoomi-Babri Masjid Live: Temple Building Can Start Anytime, Says Uma Bharti | March 21, 2017, 6:58 PM IST
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Union Culture Minister Mahesh Sharma welcome CJI Khehar’s offer to mediate in the Ayodhya case for an out of court settlement and said that it was in national interest.

“We have always stood for Ram Mandir through Constitutional means and court suggestion is welcome.” he said.

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Mar 21, 2017 6:51 pm (IST)

Nirmohi Akhada to CNN News 18 on SC Observation: "We are open to all possible options for a peaceful settlement of this issue. That doesn't mean we give up our existing appeal in the courts." 

Mar 21, 2017 6:47 pm (IST)

Senior BJP leader LK Advani on Supreme Court's observation: SC observation is welcome and all the parties should reach a consensus. That is the best way to solve this issue. 

Mar 21, 2017 5:44 pm (IST)

"If they need any help from the state government to find an amicable solution, we are ready to help," he added. 

Mar 21, 2017 5:43 pm (IST)

UP CM Yogi Adityanath on Tuesday welcomed the Supreme Court observation that both sides should sit and reach a consensus on the Ram Mandir issue. "We welcome the SC observation, and both parties should sit and talk." 

Mar 21, 2017 4:08 pm (IST)

Court suggestion is in national interest. The state of Uttar Pradesh has a good administrator, our government is in state as well as the center so the problems we faced earlier will not be there. We have got Rs 154 crore funds under Ram Circuit and the work will speed up. We have always stood for Ram Mandir through Constitutional means and court suggestion is welcome: Mahesh Sharma, Union Culture Minister (Info: Eram Agha)

Mar 21, 2017 4:00 pm (IST)

The court has given us a direction. It will lead to solution. All parties involved want to come out of it as there are other issue to worry about like employment agriculture etc. The parties involved can have a middleman to broker peace. If nothing happens then court is going to take it: Jagdambika Pal, BJP (Info: Eram Agha)

Mar 21, 2017 3:59 pm (IST)

There have been several attempts of talks in the history when Rajiv Gandhi was PM and when Chandrashekar was PM but it did not work then: Asaduddin Owaisi

Mar 21, 2017 3:10 pm (IST)

Advocate Harishankar Jain of Hindu Mahasabha, a petitioner in the Ram Janamabhoomi Babri Masjid case:

- No out of court settlement acceptable. Before approaching us, Subramaniyam swami should make sure that other side is ready to give its claim.

- We can't play with sentiment of Hindu community, no compromise possible on this issue. We will not give even an inch of land, like action committee, we too are not ready to relent.

- SC should go ahead with speedy trial in the case

Mar 21, 2017 2:48 pm (IST)

KN Bhat, lawyer, Ram Lalla: There were several people who were interested in keeping this dispute alive as several interests are involved

Mar 21, 2017 2:41 pm (IST)

Brinda Karat on CJI’s Offer

- I don't know whether SC has suggested there should be an out of court settlement. Point is the case is before SC precisely because there was no possibility of an out of court settlement.

- SC does not want to decide? Why should we interpret what this, I am sure that SC, CJI know that there is no out of court settlement possible.

- Especially now, when the Hindutva forces are blatantly saying that this is their agenda. With no thought to history and tradition of that area and pushing their Hindutva agenda.

Mar 21, 2017 2:27 pm (IST)

Let the dispute of the ownership of the land be adjudicated by the court.  A president reference was made to SC during the Rao govt, but court returned the reference saying it was not their job: Sitaram Yechury

Mar 21, 2017 1:36 pm (IST)

Culture Minister Mahesh Sharma to CNN-News18:

Welcome the CJI observation. Hopeful that other parties to the title suit will also agree, irrespective of their religion. Over 150 crore already alloted by the Union Government for the ram circuit. So hopefully Ram Mandir will be built very soon.

Mar 21, 2017 1:29 pm (IST)

Mar 21, 2017 1:20 pm (IST)

Uma Bharti on CJI’s Offer

- Question of whether Ram was born there or not was settled by the 3 judge bench of Allahabad court. Now it is a question of who owns the land

- When SC is asking for an out of court settlement, there will be a way. There was a way out for Somnath temple.

- Can't say when it will be completed, but building can start anytime

Mar 21, 2017 1:12 pm (IST)

Dattatreya Hosabale, Joint General Secretary RSS: Dharm Sansad has to decide. RSS will go with Dharm Sansad’s decision. Issue should be settled and a grand temple should be raised with the support of all Indian.

Mar 21, 2017 12:59 pm (IST)

The matter went to court only because the matter was not solved through talks: Sitaram Yechury on Ram Temple Case

Mar 21, 2017 12:49 pm (IST)

Mohd Iqbal Ansari (appellant, Babri Masjid Case): If matter is sorted with discussion we have no problem

Mar 21, 2017 12:40 pm (IST)

Babri Masjid Action committee convener Jafaryab Jilani, who is also the advocate in the case to CNN News18:

"Attempts for out of court settlement have failed so far. We don't see any possibility of such a move. But if CJI is willing to monitor, then we are ok to it because it will come with some legal sanctity. It will not be like an agreement between 2 parties which is void of any legal status. We will convey our opinion to court. We also demand a day to day hearing of the case. Don't feel Supreme Court is under any political influence"

Mar 21, 2017 12:30 pm (IST)

VHP to start Ram Mandir movement again

“We will celebrate ‘Ram Mahotsav’ in 2 lakh villages across India and around 70,000 villages in UP. People will be told about the life of Lord Ram and we will also raise the demand for Ram Temple in Ayodhya. The temple must only be built on the exact spot where Ram was born. UP CM should not compromise on that,” said Ishwari Prasad, VHP Zonal President for Western UP and Uttarakhand. 

The VHP has said it will launch a movement called ‘Ram Mahotsav’ from March 26 to April 16.

Mar 21, 2017 12:23 pm (IST)

Supreme Court has said that this is a serious and sensitive issue and it has asked for amicable solution. We welcome the decision: Sambit Patra

Mar 21, 2017 12:21 pm (IST)

Vinay Katiyar on CJI's Offer:

Vinay Katiyar: I welcome SC's observation. We have government in UP and Center, we all will find the solution after conversation

Mar 21, 2017 12:14 pm (IST)

Mar 21, 2017 12:04 pm (IST)

Rakesh Sinha, RSS Thinker on CJI’s offer:

- The issue should be resolved by constructive dialogue

- CJI observation could be a basis of further dialogue


- I see this is a good development in SC

- This is only a coincidence that after Yogi govt has been formed, court does not take political decisions

Mar 21, 2017 11:54 am (IST)

Dr SQR Ilyas, Joint Convenor the Babri Masjid Committee to CNN-News18:

- Prior to this several talks have been conducted but no results

- Dialogue between VHP and Babri Masjid Committee did not reach any conclusion

- The matter of arbitration and negotiation has already been completed

- Issue has to be settled on the basis of legal position not sentiments

We don't agree to that CJI can act as a mediator in this case

We don't agree to that CJI can act as a mediator in this case

- Allahabad HC has already given a judgment. Muslim Personal Law Board feels time of negotiation is over

Mar 21, 2017 11:47 am (IST)

Subramanian Swamy to CNN-News18:

- SC has sought suggestions whether Hindus and Muslims can come together and mediate. I am hopeful the court will direct some judge. I am sure some resolution would come by discussion.

- I had informally met Muslim leaders who wanted judicial sanction. We need to settle this matter by mutual agreement.


- The CJI's approach is conciliatory and it is his decision to do this.

Mar 21, 2017 11:38 am (IST)

Chief Justice of India JS Kehar’s move to help resolve the Ayodhya case outside the court was not a judicial order. Here is what transpired in the court:

- The matter was mentioned by Subramanian Swamy in the CJI’s court on Tuesday morning.

- He said the case was pending in SC for the last six years, that it need to be resolved through day to day hearing.

- To this suggestion, the CJI said the issue should be resolved outside the court. These are issues, which pertain to sentiments of people, he observed, adding that he is willing to volunteer if both parties are willing to come to the table.

- But Swamy wanted a judicial order

- The CJI ruled out a judicial order, said it was an informal matter. He said you can take any person who can mediate

Mar 21, 2017 11:26 am (IST)

It’s my suggestion that a masjid is built across Sarayu river and this (disputed) land is given to build ram temple. The place where Lord Ram was born cannot be changed, namaz can be read anywhere: Subramanian Swamy

Mar 21, 2017 11:26 am (IST)

Swamy said the Supreme Court has sought suggestions whether Hindus and Muslims can come together as mediators. “Muslim leaders want judicial hand behind the matter. The Allahabad High Court has already ruled in favour of making a Hindu temple,” he said.

Mar 21, 2017 11:23 am (IST)

"Give a bit, take a bit. Make an effort to sort it out. These are issues best decided jointly," Justice Khehar said.

Mar 21, 2017 11:22 am (IST)

Subramanian Swamy, BJP MP and a litigant in the Ram temple case, welcomes CJI’s move and says the issue could be resolved through discussion. “I had informally met Muslim leaders who wanted judicial sanction, we need to settle this matter by mutual agreement. The CJI’s his decision to do this is conciliatory,” he told News18.

Mar 21, 2017 11:21 am (IST)

SC asks Subramanian Swamy to consult the parties and inform it about the decision on March 31

Mar 21, 2017 11:20 am (IST)

Supreme Court says all parties should choose mediators to make a fresh attempt to settle the issue. If required, a principal mediator can be chosen by the court for settling the issue.

Mar 21, 2017 11:18 am (IST)

CJI J S Khehar says if the parties want him to mediate, then he is ready for the task.

Mar 21, 2017 11:15 am (IST)

Supreme Court asks the parties concerned to sit together to arrive at a consensus. The apex court assured that it would step in only if the matter can't be resolved through talks.  

Mar 21, 2017 11:14 am (IST)

The Supreme Court said the issue of the Ram Janmbhoomi-Babri Masjid in Ayodhya, which has been pending for six years, should be sorted out outside court 

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