AIMIM President Asaduddin Owaisi on Saturday (9 November) termed the judgement in the Ayodhya title dispute case as a victory of "faith over facts" and said that the Supreme Court is "supreme but not infallible".
Reacting to the Supreme Court verdict, Owaisi expressed apprehension that the Sangh Pariwar might use this judgment in cases of many other mosques on which they have claims. He said their list includes the mosques at Mathura, Kashi and Lucknow.
The Hyderabad MP also cautioned that the country was heading on the path of a 'Hindu rashtra'. "Sangh Pariwar and BJP have been saying that the road to Hindu rashtra road starts from Ayodhya. They now want to bring NRC, Citizenship Amendment Bill. In fact, Modi 2.0 is to make India a Hindu rashtra," he said.
In what will go down in history as one of its most landmark verdicts, the Supreme Court on Saturday granted the ownership of the 2.77 acres of disputed land in Ayodhya to the Hindus, paving the way for the construction of a Ram Temple, and ruled that the Muslims will get 5 acres of land at an alternative site.
Owaisi told reporters that those who demolished the Babri Masjid were entrusted with the land to build Ram temple. "If Babri Masjid was not demolished on 6 December, 1992, what would have been the judgement of the Supreme Court," he asked while pointing out that the apex court in its judgement described the demolition as an illegal act.
The All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (AIMIM) President endorsed the stand taken by All India Muslim Personal Law Board (AIMPLB) that it is not satisfied with the judgment.
He said that the AIMPLB would hold a meeting and take a decision whether to go for an appeal against the verdict and whether to accept the offer of of 5 acres of alternate land to build the mosque or not. He said his personal view was that the offer should be rejected.
"We were fighting for legal right. We don't need 5 acres land in charity. Muslims are poor, weak and they have been discriminated against but they can build a mosque on their own," he said.
He did not agree that AIMPLB failed to present its case before the apex court. He said the Board did its best by using the services of a team of best lawyers including Rajiv Dhawan.
The MP repeatedly remarked "supreme but not infallible" and pointed out that there were the words of former Chief Justice of India J S Verma, who wrote a book with the same title.
Owaisi contended that a mosque "was there, is there and will always be there" and that there can be no compromise on it. "Will tell our generation that mosque stood there for 500 years but on December 6, 1992 it was demolished under Sangh Pariwar and Congress conspiracy. The Supreme Court was betrayed.
"What happened on December 6, 1992 was not an issue of Muslims alone. The very foundations of secularism were shaken. Calling it vandalism is understatement," he said.
Referring to the Congress, he said the party showed its true colours through its reaction on the Supreme Court verdict. "But for hypocrisy and deceit of the Congress, this judgement would not have come," he said, recalling that it was during Congress rule that idols were placed in the mosque, its locks were opened and the mosque was demolished.
(This story has been published from a wire agency feed without modifications to the text. Only the headline has been changed.)