New Delhi: In an attempt to solve the century-old Ram Janmabhoomi-Babri Masjid dispute, newly appointed Uttar Pradesh chief minister Yogi Adityanath on Tuesday invited both parties to Lucknow for discussions, claims representatives of Hindu and Muslim sides Mahant Dharamdas, Haji Mehboob. According to the reports of IndiaTV, the Hindu bigot has sent a message to Mahant Dharamdas, who later conveyed it to Muslim litigant Haji Mehboob.Also Read - CM Yogi Adityanath Announces Rs 25 Per Quintal Hike in Sugarcane Purchase Price in BIG Poll Bonanza For UP Farmers

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Talking to India TV, Dharamdas said that Haji Mehboob agreed to meet the chief minister and discuss the matter in person.  “We will have to tell the CM that we are coming. We’ll just have to find a mutually agreed date. Whatever is decided, we will tell the Supreme Court,” the portal quoted him as saying.

Asserting he has no issue in meeting chief minister Yogi Adityanath, Haji Mehboob said, “Dharamdas ji said that Chief Minister wanted to meet me. He said that two sides meet and discuss the matter so I agreed. I said if the CM wants to meet me, I have no problem.”

On March 21, the Supreme Court had suggested an amicable settlement of the Ayodhya Ramjanmabhoomi-Babri Masjid dispute saying it was a better course than on insisting on judicial pronouncement. A bench comprising of Chief Justice Jagdish Singh Khehar, Justice D.Y. Chandrachud and Justice Sanjay Kishan Kaul said this as BJP leader Subramanian Swamy urged it to constitute a bench to hear a batch of petitions challenging a 2010 Allahabad High Court order.

The 2010 order said there should be a partition of the Ayodhya land between the parties to the dispute. Pointing out that negotiated settlement between the parties to the dispute was the best course, Chief Justice Khehar offered to act as a mediator provided that he would not hear the matter on the judicial side. Pointing towards Justice Kaul, the Chief Justice said that he too could mediate.

However, Zafaryab Jilani, Convenor of the Babri Masjid Action Committee (BMAC) had rejected the apex court suggestion and said, “With Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Uttar Pradesh chief minister Yogi Adityanath at the helm of affairs, there is no hope that justice will prevail with the Muslims. Both have been BJP workers and supporters of the Ram temple movement.”

Refuting Jilani’s comments Haji Mehboob said,”I do not know what Jilani sahab thinks. He asked me if I was ready to meet Prime Minister Narendra Modi, I said he is the country’s leader. If they want to build a temple after leaving the land for a mosque, why would I object?”

Earlier, BJP leader Subramanian Swamy urged the Muslim community to support construction of the Ram Temple at the disputed Ram Janmabhoomi-Babri Masjid site in Ayodhya. “Ram mandir can only be built at one place in Ayodhya where the structure of a temple was found at the disputed site following investigation by the Archaeological Survey of India,” Swamy had said at a function organised to pay tribute to Bhagat Singh, Rajguru and Shukhdev.

(With inputs from agencies)