The Babri Masjid And The Ram Janambhoomi Issue Has Come Up With A New Development

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The verdict could prove a major political quandary for the government led by the Congress Party, a left-of-centre party with secular roots.A verdict in favour of the Hindus would force the government to uphold the verdict, making it unpopular with Muslims, a key vote bloc.A ruling for the Muslims would mean the government would have to push Hindu groups out of the site, a political minefield.Any outlook is almost certain to be challenged in the Supreme Court and a final decision could take years to come.

Justice Dharam Veer Sharma, who is a member of the three-judge bench and had not signed the order passed last Friday, said in his dissenting note on Monday that had he been consulted by his co-judges he would have definitely given his views on the plea before the court.He also said the applicant Ramesh Chandra Tripathi, who had moved the court seeking mediation, was also not required to pay the penalty of Rs 50,000 imposed by the court.Justices S U Khan and Sudhir Agarwal had slapped an “exemplary cost” of Rs 50,000 against Mr Tripathi and said his effort seeking out-of-the-court settlement seemed to be a “mischievous attempt” aimed at “creating obstruction” in the final disposal of the case.

The Special Bench, comprising Justice S U Khan , Justice D V Sharma and Justice Sudhir Agarwal, decided to imposed a heavy fine which would be annunced later though Justice Agarwal proposed a fine of Rs 5 lakh.The judges asked the parties whether they were interested in going for any discussion for a compromise and none of them showed interest. Following this, the court rejected the petition for deferring the judgement.Writing a dissenting note against the majority order, Justice Dharam Veer Sharma on Monday said he was not consulted by the other two judges before dismissing the plea for mediation, and has directed all parties to approach the court before September 23 if a compromise is reached between them.

On the one hand, the main Hindu nationalist opposition, the Bharatiya Janata Party, has tried to distance itself from being perceived as an instigator of communal strife, mindful that it must appeal to India's growing middle class.But the BJP knows it may be able to garner Hindus after two general election defeats in a row that have seen the Congress Party become the country's dominant political group.The BJP has made more political capital out of price rises," said political analyst Mahesh Rangarajan, referring to stubbornly high inflation. "But it will be hard for it not to resist the temptation of playing the issue to the hilt."The BJP faces a state election in neighbouring Bihar state, where it rules in alliance with a popular chief minister who has warned Hindu nationalists of sparking any communal strife.

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