On Wednesday, 5th February, PM Narender Modi announced a 15 member trust to monitor the construction of the ram mandir at Ayodha. Not long after he made the announcement, the UP cabinet passed a proposal to allocate a 5-acre plot situated 25 kms away from the Ram janbhoomi, to build a mosque. The Up central Waqf Board was conferred the responsibility to build the mosque by the Supreme court.
Govt spokesperson Srikant Sharma said that,”as advised by the supreme court in its verdict on November 9, 2019, five acres of land have been allotted for the mosque at a place 18 km s from Faizabad district HQ”.
located at Dhannipur village in Ayodhya’s Sohawal Tehsil, the plot is just 200mts from the Lucknow-now Gorakhpur highway, which will ensure easy access to the mosque. the proposal has received the cabinets nod”
Grant of the 5-acre land did not accommodate well with the muslim diaspora. The Waqf board has prorogued its response to the offer of the 5- acre land, 25 kms from Ram janbhoomi, till february 24th.
Members of the board have expressed their dissatisfaction towards the allocation, on grounds of it being at odds to the Supreme courts ruling on November 9th, 2019.
Jilani claimed that,”In all court documents that were part of the title suit,Ayodhya was a small town- a qusbah of faizabad. This Ayodhya cannot be equated to the new district created by the govt”. He further added,” Merely renaming a town and extending its municipal limits does not prove that the land offered is still in Ayodhya”
The CEO of the board, Syed Mohammad Shoaeb, said that the board will table a meeting on 24th February, after which they will purvey a response.”A meeting of the Sunni Waqf Boardis scheduled for 24th February, where issues pertaining to Waqf properties and legal matters were to be discussed. Ayodhya was not on the agenda., but given the recent events, the issue of land allotment might also be discussed’, Shoaeb said