We respect Ayodhya verdict; Time to end politically motivatedissues, says key Muslim leader in Ke

We respect Ayodhya verdict; Time to end politically motivatedissues, says key Muslim leader in Kerala Kochi, Nov 10 (PTI) With the Supreme Court settling theAyodhya land dispute case, it was time to bring curtains downon such 'politically motivated' issues and focus on upliftingmillions in the country from hunger and poverty, prominentMuslim leader of Kerala Sayyid Munavvar Ali Shihab Thangal onSunday said.

The court verdict also respected the sentiments of theminorities and no anarchy prevailed in the country, the seniorIndian Union Muslim League (IUML) leader said, urging allsections not to fall victims to the 'controversies' beingcreated by 'exploiting' emotive issues.

'Now the verdict is out. No one should use Ayodhya issuefor political gains anymore,' Thangal, a senior member ofKerala's influential Thangal family which controls the IUML,told PTI.

He was reacting to the unanimous verdict of the five-member Constitution bench which on Saturday cleared the wayfor the construction of a Ram temple at the disputed site atAyodhya and directed allotment of a five acre plot to theSunni Waqf Board for building a mosque.

Thangal said the demolition of Babri Masjid in Ayodhya in1992 was a blot on secular India.

'We respect the verdict. Because it was delivered by theapex court of the country. Emotions of the minorities are alsorespected in the verdict. Now it is time to bring down thecurtains on such politically motivated issues and completelyfocus on scientific and technological advancement of thenation,' he said.

He referred to the peace and harmony prevailing in thecountry post the apex court judgement and said there was noriots or no security issues.

'All cooperated. We could create a new model in thisrespect. It is time to move on,' Thangal, who is alsopresident of the Muslim Youth League, said.

Noting that millions of people in the country were stillreeling under poverty and hunger, Thangal said 'we should notdestroy our future by going after such controversial mattersand raking up stereotype issues aiming to exploit sentimentsof the people.' 'We, as a nation, have achieved a lot in the segments ofscience and technology. Upliftment of our people from povertyand hunger using the scientific and technological tools shouldbe our area of priority. We have a long way to go,' Thangal,he said.

The unanimous judgement delivered by the court was widelywelcomed by Hindu politicians and groups, while the Muslimleadership said they will accept the verdict, even thoughdescribed it as flawed.

Still, they have called for peace and harmony amongvarious sections of the society in the country. PTI TGBVS VS