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“We want an early resolution of Ayodhya dispute”

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Panellists feel that the issue is hanging fire for too long and parties should not misuse it for electoral advantage

The Supreme Court said it will decide in January the date for hearing the Ayodhya land dispute case. In less than three minutes, the court adjourned till next year the hearing of a batch of pleas challenging the Allahabad High Court’s 2010 verdict that divided into three parts the disputed land in the Ram Janmabhoomi-Babri Masjid area in Ayodhya.

APN’s Mudda discussed the issue. Anchorperson Anant Tyagi posed questions to panellists including BJP’s Dinesh Singh, Congress’ Saif Ali, Hindu Mahasabha’s Swami Chakrapani Maharaj, Muslim scholars Ajmal Khan and Maulana Abid, RSS’s Sarvesh Chandra Dwivedi and APN consultant Govind Pant Raju.

Singh said: “For some reason, the Supreme Court has put off the decision. Let’s see what happens, we can’t keep sidelining it. We wanted an early resolution.”

Swami Chakrapani said: “It is sad that despite repeated pleas to the government and agencies, the issue has been put off again and again. BJP leaders say ‘it should be done’. Why are they failing on their agenda? What is the point of BJP getting such a huge majority? It’s a challenge to the protesters now.”

When Anant asked “don’t you trust the SC?”, Swami Chakrapani said: “We want judgment, not settlement, so that there is no dispute on the issue. BJP got a good decisive vote, but its moves are not decisive.”

Maluana Abid said: “Court judges decide as per what they deem fit. This Mudda has been raging on for decades. Earlier with Vajpayee and now with Modi, nothing decisive has emerged even with a BJP government at the centre. Are they expecting the court to be at the beck and call of political parties?”

To this, Singh said:”We have never said that we don’t trust the SC. Ram is of Hindustan, the verdict has to be favourable.”

Maulana Abid said:”It’s a title suit. Why are you bringing in Ram or Babar? When the matter is with the highest court of the country, we shall all have to abide by the verdict.”

When Singh continued to interject, he was silenced by the anchor.

Saif Khan said: “There is a lot the SC needs to know, a lot more research and comments are needed to be heard. People need to know that there is no love lost on this issue. The government has a Rs 500 crore budget for Ayodhya. How has that been used?”

Ajmal Khan said: “We can’t understand why the SC adjourned the case. We can only respect the verdict. There cannot be a debate on the SC adjournment.”

Raju said: “People expected the SC to decide once and for all. It’s unfortunate that the matter was adjourned in three minutes. The court did not deem the matter urgent enough. It could have given an earlier date. In reality, a lot more time is needed to arrive at a conclusion on this issue. The Ram Mandir mudda is a political issue, raised by political parties; faith is a different matter altogether. The SC case has nothing to do with faith. It’s a site dispute.”

Singh said: “Don’t allege that BJP is raking up this issue for political votes before the upcoming elections. Mudda is created by the people, not the parties.”

Swami Chakrapani said: “The BJP got a massive mandate to sort out this issue. But it is still hanging fire. The central government is equally vague about gau maaas (beef). They need to be clearer in their intentions and their actions.”

Said Khan said: “Whatever the SC verdict, we respect it. It is just a poll issue. BJP is not serious about devolving a solution to this at all.”

Maulana Abid said: “In 70 years, Muslims have suffered a lot. Images have been slipped in the dark of the night into the place. Let the SC decide the truth.”

Sarvesh Dwivedi said: “Whoever is raking up this issue should wait for the SC verdict now. However, the issue could have been decided amicably by all parties.”

                                                                                    —Compiled by Niti Singh Bhandari

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Tejashwi Yadav releases RJD’s manifesto, promises airports in 5 Bihar cities

Tejashwi Yadav said his party is making 24 promises to the people of the nation and Bihar.

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Former Bihar deputy chief minister Tejashwi Yadav unveiled the Rashtriya Janata Dal’s Lok Sabha election manifesto on Saturday morning, pledging the construction of five new airports in the state. Along with releasing Parivartan Patra, the political heir and son of RJD founder Lalu Yadav pledged Rs1 lakh annually to sisters from low-income families on Raksha Bandhan.

In the presence of senior RJD leaders, Tejashwi Yadav unveiled the document and said that his party had committed 24 commitments to both the national and Bihar citizen.

He said, they have released Parivartan Patra available. Twenty-four jan vachan (public promises) have been brought up for 2024. These 24 jan vachan are our promises, which we will keep, the speaker said.

Tejashwi Yadav said that his party will see to it that five new airports are built in Bihar to improve connectivity, should the INDIA bloc secure a majority at the Centre.

For better connectivity in Bihar, they are going to build 5 new airports in the state, in Purnea, Bhagalpur, Muzaffarpur, Gopalganj and Raxaul, he said. Yadav also pledged to give Bihar special status. They will implement OPS (Old Pension Scheme) and we will provide special status to Bihar, he said. The former deputy CM promised to eradicate unemployment in the nation.

People will begin to be released from unemployment on August 15th. The process of providing jobs will begin on August 15th, if their government is elected, he stated.

Every year on Raksha Bandhan, they will provide their sisters who live in poor families with Rs 1 lakh. Gas cylinders would be available for Rs 500, he continued.

The RJD leader assured young people all over the nation of one crore jobs.

He further said, One crore youth across the country will receive government jobs if our INDIA alliance is elected to power. Our greatest opponent right now is unemployment, yet the BJP did not discuss this. Although they had pledged to provide 2 crore jobs, we carry out our word, he said.

On April 19, voting will start for the seven-phase Lok Sabha elections. On June 4, there will be a counting.


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Prime Minister Narendra Modi slams Rahul Gandhi, Lalu Yadav for eating mutton during holy month of Sawan, compares them to Mughals

PM Modi even compared them with the Mughals and accused them of trying to tease the people of the country.

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday made a scathing attack on senior Congress MP Rahul Gandhi and RJD leader Lalu Yadav for allegedly eating mutton during the holy month of Sawan last year. He claimed that they do not care about the sentiments of the majority of people of the country. PM Modi even compared them with the Mughals and accused them of trying to tease the people of the country.

PM Modi was referring to a viral video which was released in September last year in which senior Congress MP Rahul Gandhi and RJD leader Lalu Yadav were seen cooking mutton together. PM Modi was speaking at an election rally in Jammu and Kashmir’s Udhampur.

He said the opposition and INDI alliance do not care about the sentiments of the majority of the people of the India. He added Congress party enjoys playing with the sentiments of the people.

Talking about RJD leader Lalu Prasad Yadav, PM Modi said a person who has been sentenced by the court and who is on bail – Rahul Gandhi visited the house of such a criminal and enjoys cooking mutton in the month of Sawan and a video was also made to tease the people of the country.  The Prime Minister claimed the intention of INDI alliance is to tease the people of the country and he even compared them with the Mughals.

PM Modi said the law does not stop anyone from eating anything but the intentions of these people are something else. He cited the example of the Mughals and said that when they attacked here, they were not satisfied until they demolished the temples. So just like Mughals, the Congress wants to tease the people of the country by showing the video in the month of Sawan.

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Akhilesh Yadav condemns deployment of cops in priests attire at Kashi temple

While the female policemen were wearing a ‘salwar kurta’, the male policemen were in a ‘dhoti-kurta’.

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Former Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav has condemned the deployment of police officers dressed as priests at the Kashi Vishwanath temple in Varanasi. The Samajwadi Party (SP) chief demanded the suspension of the officers and wondered who ordered to deployment of cops in such attire.   

On the orders of Varanasi Police Commissioner Mohit Agarwal, the male and female policemen have been deployed in the temple in the priests’ attire. While the female policemen were wearing a ‘salwar kurta’, the male policemen were in a ‘dhoti-kurta’.

Yadav questioned the system in UP and asked according to which police manual is it correct for policemen to be dressed as priests. Those who give such orders should be suspended, he added. If tomorrow any ‘thag’ (fraudster) takes advantage of this and loots the innocent public, then what will the UP government and administration answer, he further asked. He called it Condemnable in a post on X.

Police Commissioner Agarwal had earlier told reporters that people who come from far away places to have obeisance have regard for the priests and they often get hurt if they are pushed forward by the policemen.

The duty in the temple is different from other places as police have to manage different types of crowds here. The crowd here is not for creating law and order problems. The police are here to ensure easy darshan to people and help and guide them, the police officer said.

He added the devotees get hurt if being pushed by policemen, if the same thing is done by priests they take it in a positive way. Following the no-touch policy, policemen are being deployed in priests’ attire.

The Samajwadi Party had earlier announced its candidates for the upcoming Lok Sabha elections. Party chief Akhilesh Yadav’s wife Dimple Yadav will be contesting from her existing seat in Mainpuri.

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