Babri Litigant Iqbal Ansari Says ‘Mandir-Masjid’ Dispute is Over

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Iqbal Ansari is the son of Hashim Ansari, who was the oldest litigant in the title suit case. — Express photo

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AYODHYA – Almost nine months after the Supreme Court delivered its verdict in favour of the Ram temple, for which the ‘Bhumi Pujan’ was held on Wednesday, the main litigant for the Babri Masjid says that there is no ‘Mandir-Masjid’ dispute now.

Speaking to IANS exclusively, Iqbal Ansari asserted: “Now, no dispute is remaining after the Supreme Court’s November 9, 2019 verdict. Whoever wants to say anything, let him speak.”

“Now, personal differences have been ended with the Supreme Court’s verdict. If we continue to fight, then either China or Nepal will seek to challenge us, or Pakistan would engage us in the border dispute,” he said, adding that Ayodhya doesn’t want to see any Hindu-Muslim dispute now.

He also refused to comment on All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (AIMIM) chief Asaduddin Owaisi.

Ansari had been invited for the ‘Bhumi Pujan’. “I got an invitation and I am going. The temple construction will bring development in Ayodhya and opportunities of livelihood will increase,” he told IANS ahead of the ceremony.

He said that all religions respect Lord Ram. “In our religion, we also respect gods and goddesses. People from all religions have been living in Ayodhya together since centuries. It is politicians who create differences of caste and religion. They count people during the elections. Politics of religion and community pushes people back. Presently, it is a pandemic time, so we all should go together. Only a person with true principles will survive in corona.

(With inputs from IANS)

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