Maulana Salman Nadwi retracted stand on Ayodhya dispute, will wait for SC judgment now

Lucknow: Maulana Syed Salman Nadwi retracted his agenda of out-of-court settlement of the Ayodhya dispute on Thursday, hours after meeting with Art of Living founder Sri Sri Ravi Shankar. He said that he would now wait for the Supreme Court judgement on the dispute.

Nadwi quit All India Muslim Personal Law Board (AIMPLB) on February 10 when the rift was clearly wide open for suggesting that land for a mosque and a university away from the disputed site in Ayodhya could be an option for Muslims.

In a video message posted on Facebook Nadwi said, “I met Sri Sri Ravi Shankar today and I also met him once before in Bengaluru on February 8 and on two occasions earlier via video conferencing on January 19 and February 3. We both wanted to solve the Babri issue through peaceful talks, but both of us are facing flak from a certain chunk of people in both the communities. Such people don’t want the issue resolved in a peaceful manner. I will now wait for the Supreme Court’s decision like everyone else,” Nadwi said in the video.

He had then announced plans to float an inter-religious platform named ‘Humanity Welfare Board’ to find amicable solutions to the disputes arising due to political, social and religious issues. Nadwi said the platform will work towards promoting peace, but will not address the Ayodhya dispute in particular.

“It will include people from all religions and will be formally announced on March 8. It will have nothing to do with Babri Masjid and Ram Mandir issue. The board will work towards promoting peace, harmony and brotherhood in the society. That will be the core agenda,” Nadwi said.

Nadwi also warned the AIMPLB of breach in its ‘pure’ ranks and reiterated his demand that Hyderabad MP Asaduddin Owaisi be removed from the AIMPLB. “I can think of returning to the AIMPLB, but the board has to consider throwing out people like Owaisi who not liked either by Muslims or by Hindus. If the board doesn’t throw him out, it will be seen as promoting his political agenda. Muslims in Bihar, Uttar Pradesh and Karnataka are worried as Owaisi is known for dividing Muslim votes everywhere. The board should also do away with Kamal Farooqui, Qasim Rasool Iliyas and Yusuf Machala.”

Nadwi’s version comes as a surprise, as according to Gautam Vij, director of Art of Living, during the meeting held on March 1, it had been decided to hold another round on the Ayodhya dispute between Nadwi and Sri Sri in Lucknow on March 28.