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Published On:19 January 2011
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TRACKING BABRI CASE: Akhara Parishad divided?

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In a meeting of Akhil Bhartiya Akhara Parishad (ABAP) held recently at Allahabd, the participants allayed misconceptions regarding the controversy surrounding the election of its president. In a way this meeting was convened to cause a dent into the clout of the chief of Nirmohi Akhara Sant Mahant Gyndas, one of the petitioners in Babri Masjid case. The rich sect owns many temples and mutts in Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan, Gujarat and Bihar. Members of the sect are expected to lead a simple and austere life of celibacy and accept Rama as their presiding God.

The main contention between those attending the meeting and the supporters of Mahant Gyandas is that, who the reigning president of the Parishad is? It is said that a group of leaders of Akharas have elected Mahanat Balwant Singh of Nirmal Akhara as president and Shankaranand Saraswati of Anand Akhara as the secretary on 25 November while sacking Mahant Gyandas from its premiership. It seems that a faction of this federation of 14 Hindu Akharas having leaning with the VHP was not happy with the latter in the aftermath of the Allahabad High Court verdict since he was negotiating with one of the Muslim petitioners for an out of court settlement.

It should be noted that Nirmohi Akhara, a group of Hindu divinity founded in 1720 has been fighting a legal case since 1885 when its chief Mahant Raghubar Ram filed a prayer with the British court for construction of temple on Ram Chabutra in the Babri Masjid courtyard, which was subsequently denied. Exactly after one hundred years, the Akhara approached the court again along with other contenders. In 1989, three parties Nirmohi Akhada, the Sunni Waqf Board representing Muslim community and Ram Janam Bhoomi Samiti, representing the Hindu community, filed the case in Allahabad High Court. In one of the most controversial judgments of India history, the Lucknow bench of the high court parceled out one third of the land to each of these.

Mahant Gyandas does not subscribe to the involvement of the VHP on the Babri Masjid issue and as a matter of fact he has been trying to come out with some formula along with Hashim Ansari for an out of court settlement towards execution of the high court order.

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