Ayodhya dispute: New proposal wants to build both mosque and temple
A fresh proposal for settlement of Ayodhya dispute was submitted to Faizabad divisional commissioner by Retired high court judge, Justice Palok Basu, who is leading a negotiation process in Babri Masjid-Ramjanmabhoomi dispute, suggesting that a temple and a mosque both be built at the site.
It is claimed that the petition has been signed by about 10,000 members from both Hindu and Muslim communities. Commissioner Surya Prakash Mishra might place the settlement document before the Supreme Court which is hearing the case at present, reported Times of India.
Mishra said, “I received a memorandum regarding the dispute of Ayodhya and a bunch of photocopies containing some signatures. I have yet to decide what to do in this matter.”
Justice Basu who has been running a campaign for a negotiated settlement of the dispute for the past six years said, “We have moved this negotiation process in the Supreme Court through the authorized person (Faizabad Divisional Commissioner). We hope that the apex court will honour the public sentiments of peace and harmony.”
The dispute about the ownership of 9,600 square feet land is in courts since 1948. On September 30, 2010 the Lucknow bench of Allahabad high court pronounced its judgment to divide the site where the Babri Masjid once stood into three parts with two parts being given to the Hindus side -the Nirmohi Akhara and Friend of Ram Lalla -and one part to Muslims, represented by the Sunni Central Waqf Board of UP. All the parties involved in the dispute had then challenged the decision in the supreme court.
According the new proposal the temple will be constructed at the site where Ram Lalla’s makeshift temple is situated at present. The southern part of the dispute site which was awarded to the Muslim side by the HC would be separated through a boundary wall. This portion would remain in the possession of the Muslim side but no construction would be done here.
The proposal says the land for the masjid would be given about 500 metre from this site towards west. The construction of both temple and mosque should start simultaneously.