Pravin Togadia sceptical about dialogue on Ayodhya dispute

Hyderabad: Demanding that Ram temple should be built in Ayodhya, Pravin Togadia, international president of Vishwa Hindu Parishad, today said the other party to the dispute had rejected the offer of talks in 1991.

“Even after the Supreme Court suggested, they (the other party to the dispute) rejected (offer of talks). In 1991, we sat for negotiation during the Chandrashekhar government. They (Muslim organisation) walked out. For negotiation, both parties should be ready,” he said here.

He added that for any dialogue, understanding of VHP’s stand should be clear.

There should be a Ram temple in Ayodhya at the disputed site and no new mosque should be built was the VHP’s stand, Togadia said.

There cannot be anything in the name of Babar in India because he was a “foreigner and an invader”, Togadia said.

Asked what will be VHP’s course of action for the resolution of the issue, he said: “Time will tell”.

The Supreme Court, which is hearing the Ayodhya case, had recently said that the issue should be resolved through talks.