New Delhi: The Supreme Court’s advice to settle the Ayodhya dispute outside the court drew mixed reactions from political parties, RSS and BMAC (Babri Masjid Action Committee). A bench headed by Chief Justice J S Khehar on Tuesday said that such sensitive religious issues can be solved through negotiations and offered to mediate to arrive at an amicable settlement. The observations came after BJP leader Subramanian Swamy mentioned the matter seeking urgent hearing of the issue. The apex court also asked Swamy to discuss the Ayodhya case out of court on or before March 31.

The court said that it may also appoint a principal negotiator if the parties want. The bench then asked Swamy to consult the parties and inform it about the decision on March 31. While talking to leading news agency ANI, CPI (M) general secretary Sitaram Yechury said,”Baatcheet se masla nahi suljha tabhi to matter court mein gaya tha (Dispute failed to settle amicably that is why it went into court).”

Meanwhile, Union Minister for water resources Uma Bharti Bharti, who was one of the prominent leaders of the movement for construction of Ram Mandir in the place of Babri Masjid in the 1990s in Uttar Pradesh welcomed the decision by Supreme Court. She said, “Its a welcome step by the Supreme Court, the matter I believe can be resolved out of court: Uma Bharti on SC Ayodhya matter.”  On Monday, Bharti had suggested a Somnath-like solution for the Ram Mandir issue in Ayodhya.”The matter regarding whether Lord Ram was born in Ayodhya or not has already been settled by the court. Now the only dispute left is the title of the land, i.E. Whether it belongs to Ram Janmabhumi Nyas or the Waqf Board,” she had told reporters in Bhopal.

Reacting to the apex court ruling, Dattareya Hosable, a senior RSS leader said,”It is to be decided by the Dharma Sansad and all the other parties who went to court. A grand Ram temple should be erected with the total involvement of all Indians.”

Welcoming the top court’s decision, the Bharatiya Janata Party’s (BJP) national spokesperson Sambit Patra said,”Supreme Court has said that Ayodhya dispute is a serious and sensitive issue and has asked for amicable solution. We welcome the decision.” BJP’s firebrand leader Vinay Katiyar also hailed the decision and was hopeful that they will find the solution after conversation as their party is in power in Uttar Pradesh and the Center.

However, the Waqf board on the other hand rejected the rejected the apex court suggestion.  Leading portal News18.com quoted Zafaryab Jilani, Convenor of the Babri Masjid Action Committee (BMAC) as saying, “An amicable solution is impossible. This has to be dealt in the court itself. After all, it is long pending in the court.”On the other hand, Mohd Iqbal Ansari, appellant in the Babri Masjid Case, said that they have no issue if the disputed matter is sorted with discussion.

(With inputs from agencies)