Asaduddin Owaisi, president of All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (AIMIM) and Lok Sabha MP has criticized the Supreme Court verdict on the Ram Janambhoomi-Babri Masjid title dispute saying there was no need to “patronize” Muslims.
Owaisi’s reaction came after a Constitution bench of the Supreme Court headed by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi on Saturday cleared the decks for the construction of a Ram Temple at the disputed site at Ayodhya and directed the Centre to allot a 5-acre plot to the Sunni Waqf Board for building a mosque.
The AIMIM chief said he was not satisfied with the verdict and that Muslims did not need the land as donation.
“Not satisfied with the verdict. Supreme Court is indeed supreme but not infallible. We have full faith in the Constitution, we were fighting for our right, we don’t need 5 acre land as donation. We should reject this 5 acre land offer. Don’t patronize us,” ANI quoted him as saying.
The Supreme Court verdict brought the curtain down on one of the longest running disputes in the country. It said the mosque should be constructed at a “prominent site” and a trust should be formed within three months for the construction of the temple at the site many Hindus believe is the birthplace of Lord Ram.
Asaduddin Owaisi: Not satisfied with the verdict. Supreme Court is indeed supreme but not infallible. We have full faith in the constitution, we were fighting for our right, we don't need 5 acre land as donation. We should reject this 5 acre land offer, don't patronize us. pic.twitter.com/wKXYx6Mo5Q— ANI (@ANI) November 9, 2019
Owaisi also lashed out at the Congress for what he called the grand old party’s deceit and hypocrisy that he claimed fuelled the dispute and its failure to protect the Babri masjid.
“Congress has shown their true colours. But for Congress party’s deceit and hypocrisy, idols would not have been placed in 1949 and had the locks not opened by Rajiv Gandhi, the masjid would still be there. Had Narasimha Rao discharged his duties the masjid would still be there,” Owaisi said.
The Babri masjid was destroyed by Hindu kar sevaks on December 6, 1992 when Narasimha Rao was the Prime Minister.