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Updated: September 25, 2010 23:43 IST

Advani "surprised" at deferment of verdict

Manas Dasgupta
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Senior BJP leader L.K. Advani accompanied by his daughter Pratibha and expelled party leader Uma Bharti, pays obeisance at Shiva temple in Somnath, Gujarat on Saturday.
PTI Senior BJP leader L.K. Advani accompanied by his daughter Pratibha and expelled party leader Uma Bharti, pays obeisance at Shiva temple in Somnath, Gujarat on Saturday.

The veteran BJP leader and the former Deputy Prime Minister, L.K. Advani, wished the Supreme Court vacated the interim stay and allowed the Lucknow Bench of the Allahabad High Court to deliver its judgment on the Ayodhya land dispute before the end of this month.

Speaking to journalists after offering puja at the famous Somnath temple in the Saurashtra region of Gujarat on Saturday, Mr. Advani said he was “surprised” at the Supreme Court's order on the issue earlier this week staying the delivery of the High Court judgment due on September 24 when the country was “emotionally prepared to receive the judgment and a conducive atmosphere was created for it.”

“I do not understand the SC judgment,” he said. When none of the litigant parties wanted a further deferment, and the people in the country were anxiously awaiting the judgment for the last 50 years or so, still the apex court further delayed it. “I have high regards for the judicial system of the country and respect for the Supreme Court, but I do not understand this judgment,” he said.

“I respect the judicial system of the country. But when the masses are waiting for the judgment on Ayodhya, when the litigants involved in the case wanted a verdict, and when even the Allahabad High Court rejected the petition to defer the verdict, this decision has come from the Supreme Court.” The interim stay was given even when the two judges on the Bench differed on the issue, Mr. Advani said with a sense of surprise.

He said he would request the apex court not to further postpone the issue and give the deferment petition a final hearing on September 28 and allow the High Court to deliver the verdict on September 29 or 30, apparently indicating the retirement of one of the judges on the Bench due on October 1 which would further delay the judgement.

He said he would advise his partymen and all sections of the people to receive the judgment in the right spirit and calmly showing due respect to the courts. He said he did not “implicate” the Congress in the Ayodhya issue but said he would expect every party and every community to respect the desire of the masses to see a “befitting” temple at the Ram Janmabhoomi in Ayodhya. “I will wish all sections of the population to contribute in the construction of the Ram temple,” he said. Mr. Advani said he was very clear in his mind that the Ram temple should be constructed at Ayodhya.

Mr. Advani was on his annual trip to Somnath. He visits Somnath every year on September 25 to commemorate the “Ram rathyatra” he launched this day in 1990 from Somnath to Ayodhya that changed the political course of the country and the future of the BJP.

Mr. Advani this year was also accompanied by the former Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister and a BJP rebel, Uma Bharti. He evaded a question whether Ms. Bharti's accompanying him indicated her return to the BJP fold, but said this year she expressed her desire to visit Somnath and “I told her to come with me.”

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Justise dalayed is justice denied....

from:  Afiya
Posted on: Sep 29, 2010 at 13:28 IST

Advai had vowed not to comment on the Ayodhya issue till 24th instant when Lucknow Bench of Allahabad High Court was to give the judgement on the title dipute of Babri Masjid/ Ramjanmansthan Mandir!
Thanks to the Special Leave Petition submitted to the Supreme Court by one litigant, the apex court has "deferred" the verdict till 28th instant, "in the public interest"!
How,then, Advani could aver that" the country wasemotionally prepared
to receive the judgementand a conducive atmosphere was created for it"?
Not content with that, he has proceeded to add that he would expect every party and every community to respect "the desire of the masses
to see a befitting temple at the Ram janmabhoomi at Ayodhya"!
While " the party has sidelined him on the Ram temple issue"and Ashok Singhal has said publicly "those who had politicised the issue
(meaning Advani)should repent for this sin!"
Advani has gone to Somnath on Sep.25th to commemorate the rath yatra he undertook on that date in 1990 and deemed that"changed the political course of the country and the future of BJP!"
Sangh parivar members dispute that claim and say that BJP's tally in the Lok Sabha jumped from 2 in 1984 to 85 in 1989, largely due to the "Bofors"card played by VP Singhand BJP supporting that Govt. from outside.Further, knowledgeable persons affirm that Advani played the "Mandir card" to counter VP Singh's "Mandal card"!
In 1991 election, BJP bagged 120 seats, largely due to defection of "upper caste" from National Front to BJP due to Mandal commission
The hero of the Temple movement,Advani, conveniently placed the temple issue on the "backburner' ue to "compulsions of coalition " during 1998 to 2004!
Uma Bharathi, who accompanied him, had gone on record that"While temple issue was made emotive for us, Advani politicized it!"

from:  Ghodboley
Posted on: Sep 27, 2010 at 03:41 IST

It is really a good time;all people of india is eagerly waiting the announcement/judgement from the honourable court.But it is clear the sentiment of BJP and its vetern leaders like L.K.Advani attached with the judgement. They are expecting that Ram mandir, their core issue of Hinduvta politics, is going to be solved in their favour. On the other hand Congress doesnt want to go against of minorities at all if the judgement goes against of their sentiment.It is delayed intentionlly.I think there are many impotant issues left unresolved. Lets think about Kashmir.And it is no use of making Mandir or Masjid. Please dont divide us again. Being a secular country and multi-religeous I appeal to honourable Supreme Court of India please do build there both Mandir and Masjid or a hospital.

from:  Mr Sheetal Sah Sankar
Posted on: Sep 26, 2010 at 18:33 IST
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