Azam finds fault in Mulayam-Singhal meet

Objecting to Samajwadi Party president Mulayam Singh Yadav’s meeting with a delegation of Vishwa Hindu Parishad,led by Ashok Singhal,on Saturday,state Minister for Minorities Welfare Azam Khan Monday said that it had sent a wrong message among the Muslims

Written by Express News Service | Lucknow | Published: August 20, 2013 4:08 am

Objecting to Samajwadi Party president Mulayam Singh Yadav’s meeting with a delegation of Vishwa Hindu Parishad,led by Ashok Singhal,on Saturday,state Minister for Minorities Welfare Azam Khan Monday said that it had sent a wrong message among the Muslims.

In a statement,Azam also stated that people “such as Singhal should not be given too much importance”. “Shaking hands with such persons (Ashok Singhal) has sent a wrong message among the Muslims. I am hopeful that Mulayam will not compromise with his image,which he has achieved after a long struggle,” Azam said in the statement.

The VHP delegation had met Mulayam and Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav at the latter’s official residence. After the meeting,VHP leaders said that they had sought the government’s support for 84-kosi parikrama of Ayodhya and had requested Mulayam to use his influence among Muslim community to mediate between Hindu saints and the minority community on the issue of Ram temple construction in Ayodhya.

“Such reports have reopened the wounds of Muslims. Babri Masjid was demolished on December 6,1992 and a Ram Mandir was set up. There is no sense of any mediation. Due to this meeting,a scheduled press conference of CM to unveil the development agenda was delayed by two hours,” Azam stated.

“When Muslims hold Singhal responsible for the demolition of the Babri Masjid,we cannot expect a civilised behaviour from them. However,if the mediation was for the reconstruction of Babri Masjid,then it could be considered,” Azam stated.

“The matter is also pending in the court and Babri Masjid land has been bifurcated. It should be seen for which piece mediation will be held with Singhal,” Azam said,adding that after the Babri Masjid demolition,the country witnessed a series of riots.

Earlier,Zafaryab Jilani,an executive committee member of All India Muslim Personal Law Board (AIMPLB),was called by Mulayam at his residence on Saturday evening. Jilani,who is also the Additional Advocate General (AAG),clarified that AIMPLB is not interested in any talks with VHP.

“We clearly told Mulayam that Babri Masjid issue cannot be solved by dialogue. The court’s decision will be final and there is no other way out. We will abide by the court’s decision,” Jilani stated.

“Mulayam also accepted it and to my knowledge he did not show any inclination for mediating between Hindus and Muslims over the issue,” Jilani said.

Defiant VHP to go ahead with parikrama

LUCKNOW: The VHP on Monday announced that it would go ahead with its 84-kosi parikrama of Ayodhya in defiance of the Uttar Pradesh government decision denying the permission for the same.

Former union minister Swami Chinmayanand Saraswati said,“The parikrama will neither be postponed nor cancelled. It will start on the same day. However,certain changes could be made and these would be announced on Tuesday.”

He said that the state government decision was influenced by Muslim leaders and its policy of Muslim appeasement.

Chinmayanand was in the 11-member delegation of saints and VHP leaders who met Samajwadi Party president Mulayam Singh Yadav and Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav on Saturday to seek permission for the parikrama which was scheduled to begin on August 25 from Ayodhya and conclude at the same place on September 13 after travelling 300-km through six districts.

Chinmayanand said that Mulayam and Akhilesh have backtracked from the assurance they had given for ensuring smooth passage of the padyatra. “They had some objection about the route of yatra only and not about its timing. We had assured Mulayam that only saints will participate in yatra and there will be no political discussion,” Chinmayanand said. “It seems that Mulayam had then given the assurance without consulting Muslim leaders like cabinet minister Azam Khan who would later ask them to not permit yatra,”

Chinmayanand said.

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