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I don’t have any grievance, says litigant

“Whatever [anguish] was there ended on November 9 [2019]. Now, I don’t have any shikwa or shikayat [grievance or complaint],” said Iqbal Ansari, a little after 3 p.m. on Wednesday.

Having just arrived from the ‘bhoomi pujan’ for the Ram Mandir — he was the only prominent Muslim present — Mr. Ansari quietly entered his house in the Kaziana locality of Ayodhya.

Mr. Ansari is the son of Hashim Ansari, one of the most well-known litigants in the Babri Masjid-Ram Janmabhoomi dispute, who died in 2016. Since then, Mr. Iqbal Ansari carried the mantle till the Supreme Court verdict last November. Many Muslims say that the long-drawn issue, though leaving behind many scars, was settled with the court verdict.

“In these nine months, I have not submitted a single application. Now I don’t have any legal case,” he said. “Whatever they do or is happening is meaningless to me. It is fine they are building a temple.”

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