Main parties to the Ram Mandir case dismissed the role of BJP MP Subramanian Swamy as negotiator and demanded setting up a panel of Supreme Court judges to initiate the talks.
The apex court had on Tuesday asked Swamy to consult the parties and inform it about their decision on amicable resolution of the matter on March 31.
“Negotiation talks must be done under the Constitutional framework and no political interference should be allowed. Swami is a political man. The Supreme Court must constitute a panel of retired judges or serving judges to initiate the talks with parties concerned. We do not want any political interference,” Mahant Ram Das, chief priest of Nirmohi Akhara, told media.
Khaliq Ahmad Khan from Maulana Mahfuzurrahma told media, “Swamy is an interested party in the case. How can talks be held with someone, who is himself party to the case?”
“The negotiations can be done with a person who is ‘neutral’ and has knowledge of the case and the legal framework. It would be better if the Supreme Court constitute a panel of retired or serving judges to initiate the talks. The negotiation process held in the past must also be reviewed,” he added.
On Wednesday, Subrahmanian Swamy had asked Muslims to accept his proposal to build a mosque across Sarayu or the Union government will enact a law to build the Ram Mandir once the NDA-led government gains a majority in the Rajya Sabha.