Ayodhya: All India Akhara Parishad newly elected President Mahant Narenndra Giri met Hahim Ansari, the oldest surviving litigant in the Babri Masjid case on Monday. Hindu and Muslim leaders met to negotiate ways to settle the decades old dispute of the Babri Masjid and Ram Janmabhoomi site.
Mahant Narendra Giri walked to the residence of Hashim Ansari with other mahants and sadhus and offered garlands and sweets him before a closed-door meeting that lasted for 30 minutes.
“We are trying our best to reach a negotiated settlement in this dispute. The settlement must be peaceful and should be acceptable to both the communities. At the same time, we also want that the Supreme Court should conduct day-to-day hearing in this case,” Mr. Giri later said.
Mr. Ansari said, “We are always ready for talks and we must find a peaceful way to solve this dispute so that both the communities feel happy.”
In Septemeber 2010, the Allahabad high court ruled that the land should be trifurcated and two parts should go to the Hindu side and one mart to Muslim litigants. Both sides then move to the Supreme Court.