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BJP national meet to adopt Ayodhya resolution

PTI

Friday 18 July 2003

Article du Times of India, Údition du vendredi 18 juillet 2003.

RAIPUR: The BJP resolution on the Ayodhya issue, to be adopted at its National Executive meeting, which began here on Friday, is expected to strike a delicate balance between mollifying a restive BJP and keeping its secular NDA allies in good humour.

The resolution, apparently being brought under pressure from the party’s Sangh Parivar associates, was expected to reaffirm BJP’s commitment to the construction of Ram Temple at the disputed site, party sources said.

However, with a view not to offend the sensitivity of its coalition partners, the resolution is likely to express its helplessness to introduce a bill in the absence of adequate numbers in Parliament.

The decision not to make any major shift in its stand also stems from a realisation that the Ayodhya issue would have little impact on the coming Assembly elections in five states.

The resolution would emphasise on resolving the issue through negotiations in a cordial atmosphere besides stressing on expediting the judicial process, the sources said.

"There would be nothing in the resolution that would offend our NDA allies," BJP general secretary Pramod Mahajan said.

The resolution, drafted by Mahajan and another general secretary Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi, would be the first after the 1989 Palampur one where the party decided to jump headlong into the Ram Janambhoomi movement leading to L K Advani’s Rath Yatra, which saw the party being catapulted to power.

Though the BJP is apparently not happy with the critical remarks of the VHP top brass against its leaders and the government, it would not be reflected in the resolution.

"The idea would be to project Ayodhya as a national issue which the Muslims are equally keen to resolve," the sources said.

At a meeting with the Sangh Parivar top brass at Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee’s residence on Saturday last, the party had agreed to consider the legislation option as demanded by the VHP.

Subsequently party leaders, including Advani, had virtually ruled out the possibility of a legislation due to lack of numbers in Parliament.

The economic resolution, a resolution on women’s reservation and the party president’s address would be the highlight of the first day of the three-day meet on Friday being attended among others by Vajpayee, Advani and over 150 members.

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