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Ayodhya verdict: Mixed reactions from Tamil Nadu parties

“The Muslim community had faith in the country’s judicial system and had always approached the court in the Babri Masjid case. However, the Supreme Court judgement has disappointed us,”

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Chennai, Nov 9 : Political parties in Tamil Nadu on Saturday gave a mixed reaction to the Supreme Court’s judgement in the Babri Masjid-Ram Janmabhoomi land title case, with some welcoming it and some speaking against it.

The apex court on Saturday delivered its judgement in the long pending case whereby it ordered the Central government to form a trust to build and maintain a temple on the 2.77 acre land which was under dispute.

The court also ordered allotment of five acres of land at an alternate site to the Muslims for building a mosque.

In a statement issued here DMK President M.K. Stalin said the apex court has found a solution for a long pending dispute.

Stalin said he believes that the judgement will be accepted by all and will maintain communal harmony.

In a statement issued here on Saturday, the Indian Union of Muslim League (IUML) National President K.M. Kader Mohideen said there is no necessity now to deliberate on the pros and cons of the apex court’s judgement.

He said the need of the hour is to respect and accept the court judgement and take steps to implement the same.

On the other hand, the Manithaneya Makkal Katchi (MMK), another Muslim party, took a different stand on the issue.

“The Supreme Court’s verdict in the Ram Janmabhoomi-Babri Masjid land title case has opened a Pandora’s box as it was based on the people’s belief, and the heart burning judgement’ is full of contradictions,” M. H. Jawahirullah, President of MMK, told IANS.

He said the judgement has set a wrong precedent and may pave the way for such claims in other places like Mathura, Kashi.

“The Muslim community had faith in the country’s judicial system and had always approached the court in the Babri Masjid case. However, the Supreme Court judgement has disappointed us,” Jawahirullah said, adding the judgement was also full of contradictions.

He referred to the point in which the Supreme Court said the destruction of the Babri Masjid on December 6, 1992 was an illegal act. The apex court also said that no temple was demolished to build the Babri Masjid.

“On the whole it is a heart burning judgement which goes against the very idea of a secular India,” he said.

Viduthalai Chiruthaigal Katchi (VCK) President and Lok Sabha member Thol Thirumavalavan said the apex court decision seems to be a peace initiative and not an attempt to uphold justice.

Tweeting on the judgement Thirumavalavan said the order to allot five acres of land to Muslims is not an attempt to uphold justice but an attempt to bring about peace.

He also wondered why there was no separate trust for building and maintaining the mosque at the new place like the creation of a trust by the central government for building and running the Ram temple.

Thirumavalavan tweeted that based on the beliefs of the Hindus, assigning the entire disputed land to them shows political interference.

He said that in the interest of harmony in the country and in the community all should maintain peace.

The Tamil Nadu Unit of the Communist Party of India (CPI) urged all to respect the apex court’s decision and maintain peace.

Movie actor Rajinikanth said he respects the judgement and urged others to do the same.

Meanwhile the ruling AIADMK is yet to come out with its views on the verdict.

In the morning ahead of the verdict Chief Minister K.Palaniswami appealed to the religious and political leaders to extend their cooperation to keep the state peaceful.

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Priyanka Gandhi slams BJP for onion, petrol price rise

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New Delhi: Congress General Secretary Priyanka Gandhi has slammed the government for rise in onion and petrol prices. The price of petrol crossed Rs 75 mark and that of onion has risen to Rs 200 a kg in some parts of the country, according to reports.

Priyanka Gandhi tweeted, “The inflation has made the life of common man worse, prices of onion have crossed Rs 200 in some parts and petrol has crossed Rs 75, but the BJP government is in sleeping mode”.

The prices of essential commodities including the onion which is an important vegetable in Indian Household, have been moving north for quite some time.

Last week Parliament saw a heated debate on the issue of onion price between the treasury and opposition benches, mainly the Congress, with its leader Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury making remarks on Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Union Ministers Amit Shah and Nirmala Sitharaman.

Chowdhury said, “There is a fire inside the markets across the whole country as the prices of all items have been increasing, especially onion. Centre imports onion on the price of Rs 67 per kg which it is being sold in the market at the price of Rs 130-140 per kg,”

The government says that the price of onion is rising due to unseasonal rain which damaged the crops in many parts of the country. The imported onion will only be available by the first or second week of January.

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Sonia Gandhi not to celebrate her birthday

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New Delhi, Dec 8 (IANS) In the wake of assault on women and casualties due to fire in Delhi, Congress President Sonia Gandhi has decided not to celebrate her birthday. The longest serving Congress president will turn 73 on Monday.

Sources close to the Congress said that she is unhappy with the rising crime against women in the country and also the apathy shown towards the victims.

After gruesome rape and murder of Hyderabad veterinary Doctor, another rape survivor was burnt to death in UP’s Unnao. 

Sonia Gandhi took over as party president in 1998 and stepped down in 2017 to pave way for her son Rahul Gandhi who resigned after the poll debacle in 2019.

During Sonia Gandhi’s tenure Congress saw successive government from 2004 to 2014 but was routed in 2014.

The party has adopted aggressive posture against the government on the issue of rising crime against women, raising the issue in Parliament and outside.

The party is organising a rally on December 14 against government policies and economic slowdown. All the states have been asked to pitch in for the rally.

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Former Odisha Minister Bhagabat Mohanty passes away

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Bhubaneswar, Dec 8 (IANS) Former Odisha Minister Bhagabat Prasad Mohanty passed away at his residence here late Saturday night. He was 93.

Mohanty represented Kendrapda thrice in the state Assembly.Mohanty was elected to the state Assembly in 1971 as Praja Socialist Party (PSP) candidate and in 1985 and 1995 as a Congress nominee, said sources.

He had served as the Higher Education Minister of the state.Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik expressed his condolence over the veteran leader’s death.

He described late Bhagabat Mohanty as an able administrator and a seasoned politician. The Chief Minister also conveyed his deep sympathy to the bereaved family.

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