Expelled All India Muslim Personal Law Board (AIMPLB) member Salman Nadvi today disassociated himself from the Ram Mandir issue, saying the matter is sub-judice and thus ‘we should wait for the Supreme Court’s order’.
The cleric also said that he will return the Board only if senior member Kamal Faruqui and Hyderabad MP Asaduddin Owaisi are removed.
"I disassociate myself from the Ram Mandir issue. We will wait for the judgement of the court. I will only return to the AIMPLB if four persons including Asaduddin Owaisi and Kamal Faruqui are removed," Salman Nadvi said.
Yesterday, spiritual guru Sri Sri Ravi Shankar, who has been trying for a solution to the Ayodhya dispute through mediation, met Nadvi in Lucknow.
"Our efforts are on...towards success and the response from all sides is very good. We will continue the efforts. We are talking of maintaining love and harmony between the two communities and for a grand Ram temple," the 'Art of Living' founder said after meeting Nadvi.
To a question on possible backlash from the Muslim community over his efforts to find out an out-of-court settlement on the vexed issue, he said, "There is a lot of goodwill and cooperation from the Muslim community."
In February, the AIMPLB had expelled Nadvi, who had expressed his view that shifting of the mosque was permissible.
During the general body meeting of AIMPLB in Hyderabad, many of the 500 participants had demanded that Nadvi be removed from the board. The board's spokesman had termed Nadvi's statement as not acceptable and one that was made in his personal capacity.
In the past year, Ravi Shankar has met over 500 leaders in Ayodhya, Bangalore, Lucknow, Delhi, Hyderabad, Chennai and other places personally or through video conferencing.