New Delhi: After days of deliberations the Congress finally explained its position on the Ayodhya dispute after the Allahabad High Court verdict. The party says it will support reconciliation but will not initiate it.
And keeping in mind its minority vote bank, the party also added that the demolition of the Babri Masjid cannot be condoned and that the guilty must be punished. This on a day when the Sunni Wakf Board said it will appeal against the verdict.
Is the Congress divided over its stand on Ayodhya verdict? After refusing to take a stand, Congress said that while it was in favour of a peaceful settlement it would support right to appeal. It also said those guilty of Babri demolition must be punished.
Sources say that a section within the Congress was apprehensive of the minority response to the verdict. This mixed with stand by some parties like SP was reflected in the Congress's statement on Tuesday.
The Left too attacked the verdict with an eye on Muslim votes in Kerala and Bengal.
Brinda Karat said: “The verdict for a 3 way division is based on 'faith and belief'. This is disturbing as it accords primacy to religious belief and faith over facts and record of evidence. It will set a dangerous precedent for the future. Hope SC will address this issue on appeal.”
And the BJP is taking on the Congress. BJP National Spokesperson, Nirmala Sitharaman, said: Why is Congress pre-empting that anybody is free to go to SC. As far as the criminal case is concerned, the special court will hear the case and law will take its own course.”
The Congress is left with no choice but to sound seemingly in favour of the minority. Yet it is treading cautiously not be caught in another political landmine.