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Centre aims to strike a balance between wishes of Nirmohi Akhara and VHP

The Nirmohi Akhara, which SC said should be assigned “an appropriate role in the management” of the proposed trust, has sought an appointment with PM Modi to put forth its view. “We want achche se achcha (best possible) post in the trust – of the ...

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Updated: Nov 21, 2019, 09.12 AM IST
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The VHP also wants the government to adopt its model for the temple, along with the construction material and funds collected so far by the RNB for the temple.
NEW DELHI: The Centre is aiming to balance out the wish lists of the Vishva Hindu Parishad (VHP) and the Nirmohi Akhara in the constitution of a trust to build the Ram temple, for which it will bring out a gazette notification soon as per the Ayodhya Act, 1993.

The Nirmohi Akhara, which the Supreme Court said should be assigned “an appropriate role in the management” of the proposed trust, has sought an appointment with Prime Minister Narendra Modi to put forth its view. “We want achche se achcha (best possible) post in the trust – of the chairman or the secretary. We have sought a meeting with the PM,” Mahant Dinendra Das of the Akhara told ET.

Talks from the VHP side with the government are being led by its national vice president Champat Rai. The organisation wishes that leaders of its Sri Ram Janmabhoomi Nyas (RNB), such as chief Nritya Gopal Das, be given prominent positions in the new trust. The VHP also wants the government to adopt its model for the temple, along with the construction material and funds collected so far by the RNB for the temple.

“It is likely to be a government trust. Government’s representatives will be on it along with religious leaders, including from the RNB and Nirmohi Akhara,” a government official told ET, speaking on condition of anonymity. A representative from the DigambarAkhara and Gorakhnath Math may also find a place on the Trust.

The law ministry and the attorney general are pouring over the judgement in consultation with the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO). The thinking so far in the government is that a bill is not necessary to set up the trust as a law already exists – the Ayodhya Act of 1993 – to whose provisions (Section 6 and 7) the Supreme Court also pointed to in the judgement for the purpose of setting up a trust. Section 6 of the Act says the Centre can set up a trust “by notification in the official gazette”, a route that government is expected to follow. The Act is now being closely studied for the purpose.

A key call for the government to take is whether the five-acre land for the mosque should be given by it out of the 67-acre acquired land or elsewhere in Ayodhya city by the UP government – the two options given in the judgement. Both the VHP, which is said to have a blueprint ready for the entire 67-acre complex for a temple and other facilities, and Nirmohi Akhara say the land for the mosque should be outside the 67-acre complex and that the government should go for the second option.

This stems from the move of the Centre to plead before the court earlier this year that the undisputed 64-acre land be returned to its rightful owners – majority of the land is owned by the RNB.

“We would want the entire 67-acre acquired land to be devoted to a complex for the temple. The land for the mosque can be given anywhere else in Ayodhya by the government,” said Nirmohi Akhara’s Dinendra Das.

Another trust, the Ramjanambhoomi Ramalya Nyas, is also staking a claim for participation in the proposed government trust saying it was formed after the Ayodhya Act, 1993, while the RNB was constituted in 1985.

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