At a time when the mediation for the Ram Janmabhoomi-Babri Masjid title dispute has commenced yet again ahead of the expected verdict by the Supreme Court (SC), Republic spoke exclusively to Vishnu Shankar Jain, the lawyer of Hindu Mahasabha on Wednesday. He categorically stated that there was no question of his client participating in the mediation proceedings as there could not be any compromise on a single inch of land. Jain also revealed that other stakeholders including the Sunni Central Wakf Board and Ram Lalla Virajman did not attend the meeting of the mediation panel at the Indian Habitat Centre. He reasoned that both the Hindu as well as Muslim parties were not interested in mediation as the matter was at the final stage in the SC.
He said, “The mediation panel has invited the Sunni Central Wakf Board yesterday for a meeting in Indian Habitat Centre and they refused to participate. Apart from that, the parties of Suit no.5 Ram Lalla Virajman were also called for a meeting today and they have also refused to participate in the mediation proceedings. The apparent fact which is on record, before you and before everyone is that the Hindu parties and the Muslim parties both don’t want to mediate in the matter because now the matter is at the final stage in the SC. And we want a judgement from the SC.”
Jain observed that the Hindu Mahasabha, as well as Ram Lalla Virajman, believed in the entire land belonging to Lord Ram. He pinned hope on the SC that it would rectify what happened in the past. Similarly, Mahant Dharamdas-an original petitioner in the dispute also highlighted the futility of mediating when the case was at an advanced stage in the SC.
“So far as the Hindu Mahasabha and the Ram Lalla Virajman are concerned, our categorical stance from times to come has been that this land belongs to the deity. This land belongs to Lord Ram and we will not compromise on a single inch of land. And therefore, there is no question of participating in the mediation proceedings and entering into any sort of settlement or compromise. Because this is an issue where what Babur has done in the past, whether that unjust act can be rectified in independent India by the stand of the SC is the question which we are fighting for so many decades,” the lawyer for the Hindu Mahasabha observed.