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Akhilesh Yadav wants to maintain status quo in Ayodhya’s disputed site

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Lucknow: Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav on Monday asked his chief secretary and other senior officials to ensure that the status quo was maintained at the disputed site in Ayodhya.

The directions came amid reports that work has been initiated to chisel stones and rocks at Karsewakpuram in the temple town with regard to Ram temple construction.

The matter of Ayodhya is sub-judice and is before the Supreme Court and the state government is committed to ensure it is abided by in letter and spirit.

Principal Secretary (Home) has also been asked to ensure that law and order is maintained at all costs.

Instructions have also been issued to officials across the state to maintain vigil and extra precaution be taken in sensitive districts.

After reports that a truckload of stones has been brought to Karsevakpuram in the vicinity of the disputed site, both sides involved in the dispute on Monday raised the tempers with their statements.

This is the same site, where Babri mosque once stood. It now houses the idols of Ram Lalla (Lord Ram in infancy) under a temporary shed.

The petitioner from the Muslim side, Hashim Ansari said the activity being undertaken by Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) and other affiliate groups was not good and that even the Muslim side can resort to such pressure tactics.

We believe that since the matter is before the SC, the matter can only be settled by judicial process.

On the other hand, Mahant Nritya Gopaldas said he was hopeful that the apex court would take a decision in sync with the public sentiments.

This is nothing new, it is just that once the necessary material has started coming again, we are propitiating the Gods.

Having done the ‘shila pujan’ of the new stones and rocks on Sunday, the seer said that since 2007, the consignment of rocks from Rajasthan had come to a grinding halt and the matter has been resolved after a Bharatiya Janata Party government came to power there.

Former MP from Faizabad and Uttar Pradesh Congress Committee president Nirmal Khatri, however, accused the BJP of rekindling the Ram Janma issue once again to hide failures of the Narendra Modi government at the centre.

A leader of Opposition in the Uttar Pradesh assembly and senior Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) leader Swamy Prasad Maurya told that Ayodhya issue had lost steam and people had realized that the BJP used their sentiments and emotions for electoral gains in the 1990s. (IANS)(Picture Courtesy:travelindia-guide.com)

 

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Hindus in Ayodhya Donate Land to Muslims for Burial Ground to Pave Way for a Solution to Ram Temple Dispute

The land has been donated in Belarikhan village under the Gosaiganj Assembly constituency here

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The land has been donated in Belarikhan village under the Gosaiganj Assembly constituency here. Wikimedia Commons

In a gesture that could ease tension between Hindus and Muslim and, perhaps, pave the way for a solution to the Ram temple dispute, Hindus in Uttar Pradesh’s Ayodhya district have donated land to Muslims for a burial ground.

The land has been donated in Belarikhan village under the Gosaiganj Assembly constituency here. The land had been a bone of contention between the two communities for years until now. Surya Kumar Jhinkan Maharaj, a local seer, and eight other shareholders, signed the registered deed for 1.25 bissas of land on June 20 to bury the dispute forever.

The other signatories to the land deed are Ram Prakash Bablu, Ram Singar Pandey, Ram Shabad, Jiya Ram, Subhash Chandra, Rita Devi, Vindhyachal and Awadhesh Pandey.

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The other signatories to the land deed are Ram Prakash Bablu, Ram Singar Pandey, Ram Shabad, Jiya Ram, Subhash Chandra, Rita Devi, Vindhyachal and Awadhesh Pandey. Wikimedia Commons

“The land belonged to Hindus as per records. It is by the side of a graveyard and some Muslims have buried their dead on the land. There were disputes and tension. But now, we have settled the matter,” said Jhinkan Maharaj.

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The deed is now in favour of the Qabristan Committee, Gosainganj and it will soon be entered in revenue records,” said Vais Ansari, President of the Qabristan Committee. Sub-registrar S.B. Singh confirmed the transfer of land to the Muslims for the graveyard and said: “It’s a gift from the Hindu community through a proper deed and stamp duty.”

Khabbu Tiwari, the local BJP MLA who took the initiative, said: “The tradition of Hindu-Muslim brotherhood here is not new. This was a small token of love from Hindus to Muslims. I hope this amity will continue.” (IANS)