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Parliament Act cannot solve Ayodhya dispute: Minister

PATNA Oct. 22. The Union Minister of State for Home, Swami Chinmayanand, today said that the Ayodhya problem could not be solved through an Act of Parliament, but had to be settled through a consensus and that the BJP-led Government at the Centre wanted to initiate a dialogue with all the parties concerned.

Addressing newspersons here, he said that the enactment of law for the construction of a Ram temple at the disputed site would not solve the problem. The aim was to find a solution acceptable to both parties so that communal harmony was maintained. "It is a good thing that the All-India Muslim Personal Law Board has expressed itself in favour of talks."

Asked if the Centre would take the initiative, Mr. Chinmayanand said that the Centre would consider any proposal put before it.

He praised the Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister, Mulayam Singh Yadav, for his handling of the VHP's programme at Ayodhya and said that the Centre had been cooperating with State Governments which had been taking proper action in tackling such situations.

On the efforts to extradite the underworld don, Dawood Ibrahim, he said that moves were on to bring him to India at the earliest. "At least Islamabad is now not refusing to return him to India, but says that the most wanted crime lord is not in Pakistan at all."

New Delhi had posted Islamabad with the information about Dawood's presence in Pakistan. Even the U.S Government has passed on its report to Pakistan in this regard, he said.

Maintaining that the Indo-Nepal border was becoming more problematic, the Minister ruled out the possibility of fencing the border saying the Himalayan Kingdom was a "friendly neighbour". The Centre had alerted all agencies concerned about the possible nexus that the forces operating from Nepal might forge to the disadvantage of the country. According to him, apart from the ISI and the Maoists, Dawood Ibrahim too had his network in Nepal. All of them were trying to create disturbances in India and other countries in South Asia. The Centre was now focussing on tightening security along the Indo-Nepal border, which in its perception was the new problem area. A container scanner would be installed at Raxaul, one of the entry points into Bihar, to check the smuggling of narcotics, arms and fake notes.

Mr. Chinmayanand also called on the Chief Minister, Rabri Devi, and the RJD chief, Laloo Prasad Yadav, and discussed ways of tackling the situation. He assured all help to Bihar in combating the situation by modernising the police force and establishing a modern communication system. He suggested that Bihar set up a disaster management force to tackle flood-related problems. The Centre decided to raise six such battalions, two of which were undergoing training at Chandigarh.

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