After the Supreme Court ordered mediation for the Ayodhya dispute case and public figures have been supporting the verdict through matured and sensible comments, usual suspect from the Samajwadi Party Azam Khan made a controversial statement, in an attempt to stir sentiments.
In his statement, which he made in presence of SP chief and former UP CM Akhilesh Yadav, comparing the mediation effort to a situation in war, he said,
"Atmosphere is like a war. One party is for Mandir, other for Masjid. In war, mediation happens between equal parties, those who are weak are not asked to mediate, they are asked to surrender. Muslim bodies are being forced to surrender. This is not a mediation. They just want to let us surrender because there is one only one person from Sunni Waqf board," he said.
The RSS also reacted to the SC verdict, saying it laments the Supreme Court's big decision on Friday to order a time-bound court-monitored mediation in the Ayodhya dispute. It said that it doesn't understand why the apex court won't prioritise the matter despite it being a "sensitive subject associated with deep faith of Hindu society".
The RSS statement says that instead of accelerating the judicial process to end the decades-old dispute, the Supreme Court has taken a surprising stand:
"In Ram-Janmabhoomi case, instead of accelerating the judicial process to end the long-drawn dispute, Supreme Court has taken a surprising stand. That the SC should find no priority for this sensitive subject associated with deep faith of Hindu society is beyond understanding", the RSS said, as per ANI.
The Supreme Court ordered the appointment of a three-member panel to mediate the Ayodhya dispute. The panel will be chaired by retired Supreme Court Justice Kalifulla and also comprise Sri Sri Ravi Shankar and advocate Sriram Panchu.
The Supreme Court has ordered that the mediation be held in Faizlabad, Uttar Pradesh, and that the panel submit a progress report in four weeks - halfway through the mediation's timeframe.