[The 17th century Babri Masjid was levelled to ground by Hindutva extremists who were led by the BJP, RSS, VHP and Bajrang Dal leaders on December 06, 1992. (File Photo)]
New Delhi: A day after the Supreme Court of India offered to mediate so as to arrive at consensus, Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP) Member of Parliament Subramanian Swamy on Wednesday while virtually threatening the Muslim groups urged them to accept his proposal to "resolve" the Babri Masjid/Ram Mandir dispute or else get ready for a law.
“Muslim should accept my proposal for a masjid across Saryu. Or else in 2018 on getting the RS majority we will enact a law to build temple", Subramanian Swamy posted on social media site Twitter early in the morning on Wednesday.
Swamy's statment came a day after the Supreme Court of India urged all the parties involved in the case to sit together and resolve the issue. The Court also offered to mediate to arrive at an amicable settlement.
"These are issues of religion and sentiments. These are issues where all the parties can sit together and arrive at a consensual decision to end the dispute. All of you may sit together and hold a cordial meeting," the bench headed by Chief Justice J S Khehar and comprising Justices D Y Chandrachud and S K Kaul said.
The observations came after BJP leader Subramanian Swamy mentioned the matter seeking urgent hearing of the issue. Swamy said that it has been over six years and the matter needed to be heard at the earliest
Swamy later proposed that the Ram Temple should be built at the Ram Janambhoomi (birthplace of Ram), while the Masjid (mosque) could be moved to the other side of Saryu river to resolve the Ayodhya issue.
Supreme Court's offer had received a mixed response. While the BJP ministers and leaders, and also some Muslim leader welcome the SC advice, there are others including Ram Lalla and Babri Masjid Action Committee leaders who disagreed and called for the speed trial and judgement by the court.
The 17th century Babri Masjid was levelled to ground by Hindutva extremists who were led by the BJP, RSS, VHP and Bajrang Dal leaders on December 06, 1992.
The Supreme Court on March 06 indicated that LK Advani, Murli Manohar Joshi, Uma Bharti and other BJP and Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) leaders may face trial in the Babri Masjid demolition case.
The court also came up with the option of ordering a joint trial of cases arising out of the two FIRs lodged in the wake of the demolition of the Babri Masjid in Ayodhya.
"There are 13 persons who were discharged only on technical grounds. Today, we are saying why can't we club both the cases and have a joint trial," a bench comprising Justices P C Ghose and R F Nariman said.
"We will not accept the discharge on technical grounds and we will allow supplementary charge sheet," the bench said.