Sri Sri Ravi Shankar, the founder of Art of Living, has been actively trying to seek an out-of-court settlement for the Ayodhya dispute. The spiritual had said that this was needed to avoid possible violence as he feared that the Supreme Court’s judgement on the religiously sensitive issue may not be acceptable to the aggrieved party and this could result in violence.
However, in a shocking revelation, it has emerged that BJP President Amit Shah has reportedly expressed his displeasure on Sri Sri’s attempts to found an amicable solution to the land dispute in Ayodhya. A senior official, close to the BJP leadership, told Janta Ka Reporter on the condition of anonymity, “He (Amit Shah) is not happy that Sri Sri is trying to achieve a solution to Ayodhya dispute amicably. He is worried that if Sri Sri indeed succeeds in achieving a consensus on the matter, our party will miss out on a crucial election agenda for 2019.”
The Ayodhya dispute is currently under the consideration of the Supreme Court, which recently announced that it will constitute a new bench in January to start hearing the matter. The bench headed by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi also made it clear that the matter did not need a priority hearing and the top court will only the new date for hearing in January.
The Supreme Court’s decision came as a setback to the BJP, which desperately wanted an early hearing, hoping to capitalise on the Hindu sentiments ahead of the elections. Amit Shah had recently told an audience in Kerala that the court should order that can be implemented. He had said, “I want to tell governments and the court. Governments and court should issue orders that can be implemented. Orders that attack the beliefs of people should not be passed.”
Although Shah’s comments were in response to the Supreme Court’s order allowing the entry of women into Sabarimala temple, many had viewed his comments as a veiled warning in relation to the top court’s decision on Ayodhya matter.
Last month, BJP’s Rajya Sabha MP, Subramanian Swamy, had accused Shah of asking him to step aside from the Ayodhya case. Swamy, who’s been actively pursuing the Ayodhya matter, had told NewsX, “..The whole idea was to push me out. And, therefore, they moved a motion that all intervening petitions will take time, so delete all of them. And surprisingly, our Solicitor General Tushar Mehta also supported this, which means my party also didn’t want me in and that was confirmed in direct meeting with Amit Shah, who told me ‘you get out of it.’ Even though I was the one, who revived, got the hearing done. Of course, the RSS didn’t agree to this.”
Swamy then went on to take a dig at Shah saying that ‘I predate Amit Shah.’ “I am the BJP,” he told NewsX.
The Ram Temple-Babri Masjid issue has been gaining momentum lately with the Vishwa Hindu Parishad planning to stage a big rally near in Ayodhya on 25 November. One of the main Muslim litigants in the case, Iqbal Ansari, had expressed fear for his safety stating that he and his family will be forced to flee Ayodhya if the government did not enhance security around him.