26 October, 2020

Hawking Doves

The BJP presents another track-2 formula for Ayodhya with an eye on the 2004 polls Updates

Jitender Gupta
Hawking Doves
First, the Kanchi Shankaracharya said he had hit upon a formula to solve the Ayodhya issue. But it foundered in a mist of pique and scepticism and is now in cold storage. Now, with an eye on the 2004 Lok Sabha elections, the Ayodhya Jama Masjid Trust—a Union home ministry-backed body—has come up with yet another formula for 'solving' the Ramjanmabhoomi-Babri Masjid dispute. The National Commission for Minorities (NCM) has been roped in for "creating the right atmospherics" for talks based on the new initiative.

Maulana Syed Asgar Abbas Rizvi is the Muslim face of the AJMT. But the brain behind the new formula is another trustee, Kartik Chopra, a businessman-activist believed to be close to Union minister of state for home Swamy Chinmayananda. The formula the AJMT has floated includes three basic points: the Muslims should give up their claim on the disputed plot number 583 as well as the adjoining land that has been acquired by the Union government through a parliamentary act. Once they surrender this claim, the Muslims will be allotted land close to the house of the...


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