The Supreme Court on Friday ordered mediation in politically sensitive Ram Janmabhoomi-Babri Masjid land dispute case. The top court appointed former apex court judge Justice (retd) F M I Kallifulla as chairperson of the panel of mediators. A five-judge Constitution Bench headed by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi said the other members of the panel will be spiritual guru Sri Sri Ravishankar and senior advocate Sriram Panchu.
Here are what top leaders have to say about the order:
KP Maurya, Deputy Chief Minister, UP: Won't question Supreme Court order. In the past, efforts made to arrive at a solution, but with no success. No Lord Ram devotee or saint wants delay in construction of Ram Mandir.
Zafaryab Jilani, AIMPLB member and convener of Babri Masjid Action Committee: We have already said that we will cooperate in the mediation. Now, whatever we have to say, we will say it to the mediation panel, not outside.
Salman Khurshid, Congress leader: The Supreme Court has opened historic opportunity for us Indians to reaffirm the path of togetherness and harmony. Mediation in Ayodhya matter can show the path to the shared destiny of Hindus and Muslims. No winner-loser syndrome only winners: Indians and India.
Sri Sri Ravi Shankar, Art of Living: Respecting everyone, turning dreams to reality, ending long-standing conflicts happily and maintaining harmony in society - we must all move together towards these goals.
Justice(Retd)FM Ibrahim Kalifullah: I understand Supreme Court has appointed a mediation committee headed by me. I'm yet to received order copy. I can say if committee has been constituted we'll take every effort to resolve the issue amicably.