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IUML treads cautiously on Ayodhya

Taking stock:IUML leaders briefing the press at Panakkad on Wednesday.Sakeer Hussain

Taking stock:IUML leaders briefing the press at Panakkad on Wednesday.Sakeer Hussain  

The Indian Union Muslim League (IUML) has responded cautiously to Congress leaders’ stand on the beginning of Ram Temple construction at the disputed site at Ayodhya.

Even when expressing disagreement with Congress general secretary in charge of Uttar Pradesh Priyanka Gandhi Vadra’s statement welcoming the Ram Temple construction, the IUML has said it does not want to raise a discussion on the matter.

Disagreement

A national leadership meeting of the party anchored from Panakkad, near here, on Wednesday adopted a resolution terming Ms. Vadra’s statement out of place.

“We express our disagreement on the statement issued by Priyanka Gandhi on the construction of a temple at Ayodhya and her statement is very much out of place,” said the one-sentence resolution.

However, the party leadership decided not to create an issue out of it considering the sensitivity of the matter.

“Babri Masjid dispute was closed with the judgment by the Supreme Court. We don’t want to open any further discussion on it because it will not be good for the country,” IUML organising secretary E.T Mohammed Basheer, MP, told The Hindu.

The party leadership shared the opinion that the “constructive stand” it took in the wake of the demolition of the Babri Masjid on December 6, 1992 had immensely benefited Kerala society.

“Many had tried to provoke us in the wake of the razing of the Babri Masjid. But we stood by our constructive and responsible stand. And time proved that the party stance benefited our society,” said Mr. Basheer.

IUML chairman and Kerala president Syed Hyderali Shihab Thangal presided over the meeting.

General secretary P.K. Kunhalikutty, MP; organising secretary E.T. Mohammed Basheer; vice presidents Iqbal Ahamed from Uttar Pradesh and Dastagir Ibrahim Aga from Karnataka; treasurers P.V. Abdul Wahab, MP, and Khorrum Anis Omer from Delhi; secretary Siraj Ibrahim Sait from Karnataka; Navas Kani, MP from Tamil Nadu; Kerala general secretary K.P.A. Majeed, and M.K. Muneer, MLA; attended the meet.

‘Firefighting’ operation

Meanwhile, Leader of the Opposition Ramesh Chennithala, Congress State chief Mullappally Ramachandran, former Chief Minister Oommen Chandy, and Congress general secretary K.C. Venugopal led the ‘firefighting’ operation to placate the IUML. They told IUML leaders that Ms. Gandhi’s had merely articulated the position adopted by the Congress after the Supreme Court settled the Babri Masjib dispute. However, the IUML reportedly told Congress leaders that several influential Muslim organisations and scholars had viewed Ms Gandhi’s statement as supportive of the stance of the BJP.

(W ith inputs from Thiruvananthapuram bureau )

Many had tried to provoke us in the wake of the razing of the Babri Masjid. We stood by our constructive and responsible stand.

E.T Mohammed Basheer

IUML organising secretary

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