NEW DELHI — Seeking to remind the Centre of the Supreme Court’s 2003 directive about “observance of status quo”, the Congress on Tuesday questioned the Modi governments move
“After 16 years of stupor, why has the government suddenly woken up, that too with just two months remaining for the Lok Sabha elections?” asked Congress spokesperson Abhishek Manu Singhvi responding to the Centre moving the apex court.
Questioning the government’s intention, Singhvi cited the court’s March 2003 directive which stated that until the title dispute was finally adjudicated, status quo shall be maintained on all land including the undisputed land.
“The SC directive is very clear, but what is questionable is the government’s move to seek modification of that order ahead of the elections,” he added.
The Communist Party of India (Marxist) or CPI-M on Tuesday opposed the central government’s move seeking removal of the status-quo of the land in Ayodhya to pave way for construction of Ram Temple.
“The Polit Bureau of the CPI(M) expresses its strong disapproval of the petition moved by the Central Government in the Supreme Court to ‘remove the status quo on the non-disputed land’ that it had acquired in Ayodhya. It wants to hand over this land to the Ram Janmabhoomi Nyas that had been set up by the VHP to undertake the construction of the Ram temple on the site,” CPI-M said in a statement.
“In 1993, the Supreme Court had ordered that the status quo be maintained on 67 acres of land that had been acquired. The Centre now claims that only 0.313 acres is actually disputed.”
CPI-M termed the Modi government move over Ayodhya as an attempt to “appease” RSS ahead of the Lok Sabha polls.
“This move by the Centre is clearly aimed at appeasing the Sangh Parivar which is demanding immediate construction of the temple at all costs. Obviously, all these moves are being orchestrated keeping the impending Lok Sabha elections in mind. The Polit Bureau strongly condemns this devious effort to pre-empt the Supreme Court decision,” said the left party.
Hyderabad MP and AIMIM chief Asaduddin Owaisi has also condemned the Modi government’s bid to get acquired Ayodhya land.
“This insidious attempt by the Central Government should not be ignored. They’re trying everything in their capacity to prevent a fair & independent adjudication of the Babri Masjid dispute,” tweeted Owaisi.
BSP leader Mayawati on Wednesday described the Modi government’s
In a statement, the Bahujan Samaj Party chief said this had been done to fan communal passions.
She asked the people to be on guard against the saffron camp as the central government was trying to “by force to intervene in the long-pending matter”.
The BJP was resorting to “unfair means” after realizing that the coming together of the BSP and Samajwadi Party would hit the ruling party hard in the coming Lok Sabha elections in Uttar Pradesh.
“The BJP government is doing everything now that is not expected of a government run on the basis of the Constitution,” the 63-year-old said.
(With inputs from IANS)