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'Had Muslim Side Wanted...': Yogi Adityanath on Ayodhya Land Dispute Mediation

Adityanath's reaction came hours after a five-judge apex court bench hearing the Ram Janmabhoomi-Babri Masjid land title case on Wednesday set a target to complete the hearing.

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Updated:September 19, 2019, 10:08 AM IST
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'Had Muslim Side Wanted...': Yogi Adityanath on Ayodhya Land Dispute Mediation
CM Yogi Adityanath in an exclusive interview with News18

Lucknow: Resolving Babri Masjid issue through dialogue would have been better than Supreme Court taking a decision, said Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath after the apex court set October 18 target to complete hearing in the case.

Speaking to News18 Network Group Editor-in-Chief Rahul Joshi in an exclusive interview, Adityanath said, "It would have been good had the Muslim community taken an initiative to end the issue when the Supreme Court gave time for mediation, but that did not happen. People can only move towards a solution when they think positively, but when they are stubborn, then only the Supreme Court can take a decision."

He added that the Uttar Pradesh government respects the verdict of the court. "The decision is taken on the basis of facts and evidences. We are hopeful and we will follow the judgment. Earlier also, we have followed the rulings of the Supreme Court," he said.

Adityanath's reaction came hours after a five-judge apex court bench hearing the Ram Janmabhoomi-Babri Masjid land title case on Wednesday set a target to complete the hearing. "Let us make a joint effort to conclude the same by October 18,” Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi said.

Earlier, in March, the Supreme Court had referred the land dispute case in Ayodhya for mediation. Fourteen appeals have been filed in the apex court against the 2010 Allahabad High Court judgment, delivered in four civil suits, that the 2.77-acre land in Ayodhya be partitioned equally among the three parties — the Sunni Waqf Board, the Nirmohi Akhara and Ram Lalla.

The three-member mediation panel for mediation constituted by the Apex Court was headed by former Supreme Court judge FM Kalifullah, with spiritual leader Sri Sri Ravi Shankar and, lawyer and mediation expert Sriram Panchu as other members. The panel was expected to finish the mediation process within eight weeks, from March 15 to May 15. The media was barred from reporting on the mediation process to maintain confidentiality.

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