The Centre moved the Supreme Court, seeking permission to return undisputed land to owners/occupiers.

Move to Return Excess Land in Ayodhya to Owners ‘Historic’: Shah

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A petition was filed in the Supreme Court on Monday, 4 February, challenging the constitutional validity of the 1993 Central law on land acquisition in Ayodhya, near the disputed Ram Janmabhoomi-Babri Masjid site.

Earlier on 3 February, BJP President Amit Shah had termed the Modi government's move to return the excess land around the disputed site in Ayodhya to their owners "historic".

Uttar Pradesh CM Yogi Adityanath and right-wing outfit Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) on Tuesday, 29 January, welcomed the Centre’s move to approach the Supreme Court for returning undisputed land around Ram Janmabhoomi-Babri Masjid site in Ayodhya to the owners. However, the Nirmohi Akhara disapproved the move and said politics was at play in this matter.

  • The central government in 1991 had acquired the 67 acre-land around the disputed site
  • The Centre seeks for a modification of the Supreme Court order dated 31 March 2003, which had said the status quo must be maintained for the entire area
  • The Centre notes that it will ensure whoever eventually gets the title for the disputed land will be given access to the site
  • Earlier, the apex court had ordered that the status quo be maintained with regard to the acquired 67 acre of land around the disputed site
  • The hearing of the Supreme Court, scheduled for 29 January, was deferred as Justice SA Bobde was not available
  • The five-judge Constitution Bench headed by CJI Ranjan Gogoi includes Justices DY Chandrachud, Ashok Bhushan , Abdul Nazeer and SA Bobde

Plea in SC Challenging Validity of Govt’s Ayodhya Land Acquisition

A petition was filed in the Supreme Court on Monday, 4 February, challenging the constitutional validity of the 1993 Central law on land acquisition in Ayodhya, near the disputed Ram Janmabhoomi-Babri Masjid site.

Govt’s Move to Return Excess Land in Ayodhya to Owners “Historic”: Shah

BJP chief Amit Shah Sunday, 3 February, described as "historic" the Modi government's move to return the excess land around the disputed site in Ayodhya to their owners, including the Ram Janmabhoomi Nyas, and asked opposition parties not to put obstacles in the Ram temple issue's resolution.

Asked about the Ram temple issue at an event here, he told reporters that his party wants a grand temple of Lord Ram to be built at the very site, where he is believed to have born, at the earliest and dared opposition parties to make their stand clear on the matter.

He said the central government's plea in the Supreme Court to return the land is "historic".

It is believed that the return of the land, if allowed by the court, is likely to result in the Ram Janmabhoomi Nyas, which is dedicated to the construction of the temple, starting work on building it, giving a political boost to the BJP ahead of the parliamentary election as it has long championed the cause.

VHP Backs Govt's Move on Ram Mandir Issue, Nirmohi Akhara Disapproves

Differences have arisen between the Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP)’s Ram Janmabhoomi Nyas and the Nirmohi Akhara over the government’s move to approach the SC to let it release the undisputed land of 67.7 acres in Ayodhya to its original owners.

While the former praised the Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Mahant Dinendra Das of Nirmohi Akhara told The Economic Times, “Politics is being played over the issue yet again. This could spoil communal harmony. Why not await and accept the SC judgement? It is the Nirmohi Akhara which has claim over the actual Ram Janmabhoomi land and it is we who have to build the temple there. What has VHP got to do with it?”

Centre's Plea a Legal Decision: Union Minister Javadekar

Union Minister Prakash Javadekar asserted that the Centre’s plea was a legal decision and that the BJP has maintained that the Ram temple must be built on Ram Janmabhoomi.

“BJP always maintained Ram temple be built on Ram Janmabhoomi. Whatever legal measure is required, BJP will try for that. Prime Minister Narendra Modi had clarified that people want temple but matter is sub-judice and measures will be taken accordingly. Today’s application is also a legal decision.”
Prakash Javadekar, Union Minister

He said that the Congress always tries to block the legal process and that they don’t believe in Ram .

“Kapil Sibal's argument of allotting a date for hearing in the matter only after July 2019 is evident to that. They don't believe in Ram. The affidavit submitted by the then Congress government on Ram Setu called it imaginary,” Javadekar said.

Much Awaited Move: Ram Madhav

BJP national general secretary Ram Madhav said that the centre’s move was a much awaited one and that the the land in question belongs to Ram Janmabhoomi Nyas.

“A much awaited decision because the land in question belongs to Ram Janmabhoomi Nyas. It was acquired in 1993 and has nothing to do with the central dispute. It's in the vicinity of the main disputed area. There is status quo ordered by SC, that’s why the government approached the court,” he said.