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Cong rapped for silence on verdict.

SECULAR groups and parties are exerting pressure on the Congress to denounce the Ayodhya verdict, which they say is against the " secular credentials" of the country.

Taking a lead from Mulayam Singh Yadav's comments that Muslims were disappointed with the verdict, more political parties and groups came forward asking the Congress to clarifying its stand on the ruling of the Allahabad High Court's special bench.

Mulayam had said on Friday that he was disappointed with the verdict, which " cheated Muslims". " The country runs on the rule of law and not on faith. However, this verdict seems to be based on faith and not on legal evidence and the Constitution," he added.

Amid the assembly election campaign in Bihar, Lok Janshakti Party president Ram Vilas Paswan said the verdict disappointed the minority. " The minority should not accept the verdict as final because the aggrieved parties are preparing to appeal in the Supreme Court," Paswan said in Patna.

The Left parties, who were cautious about the commenting on the issue so far, also started questioning the verdict. The CPM politburo and the CPI national executive will meet next week to finalise their stand on the verdict.

Hinting at what could be the possible stand of the Left parties, CPM politburo member and MP Brinda Karat said evidence was a must in a property dispute. " If belief is the basis for justice, several questions will be raised about the law of the land," she was quoted as saying by the media.

CPI national secretary Atul Kumar Anjan said the Rashtriya Swayamsewak Sangh and the Congress sounded similar. " The Congress claims to be the biggest secular party. But both the Congress and the RSS welcomed the verdict and said it was neither a victory nor a defeat for the parties involved. The Congress is famous for its silence during such important developments.

They were silent during shilanyas, they were silent when the Babri Masjid was demolished. This verdict also raises a number of questions and the Congress is silent," Anjan said. He added that no one could undermine the Congress's role in worsening the Ayodhya issue.

The Samajwadi Party also questioned the Congress's silence. " This verdict will have a far- reaching impact on the country's secular fabric. It will create communal divisions in the society. But the Congress and the BJP are busy organising swagat samaroh s ( welcome functions) to appreciate the verdict.

This reveals the real colour of the Congress," Samajwadi Party spokesperson Mohan Singh said.

Left- leaning historians and academics also slammed the verdict. They said it raised concerns about the way the verdict treated history, reason and secular values.

They said the judgment legitimised violence and muscle power.

The BJP, on the other hand, criticised home minister P. Chidambaram for his remarks on the Ayodhya verdict. Chidambaram had said on Friday that the verdict did not justify the demolition of the Babri Masjid. " He ( Chidambaram) should not judge what happened in 1992.

The matter is before a court. Let the court decide," BJP spokesperson Prakash Javadekar said.

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Date:Oct 3, 2010
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