Asaduddin Owaisi, chief of the All India Majis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (AIMIM), reacted to the Supreme Court’s Ayodhya verdict with a single photo on Twitter, before holding a press conference on the judgement.
Owaisi posted the book cover of Supreme But Not Infallible: Essays in Honour of the Supreme Court of India.
Nearly an hour before his post, the Lok Sabha lawmaker retweeted the All India Muslim Personal Law Board’s (AI tweet, which quoted its general secretary reaction to the judgement.
“The judgment is against our expectations. We presented solid evidences to prove our stance. Our legal committee will review the judgment. We have sincerely tried to fulfill our responsibility to restore the demolished,” the tweet read.
Addressing a press conference shortly after his cryptic tweet, Owaisi made it clear that he was not happy about the judgment. He called for offer of land to be rejected and said he would stand with any recourse the AIMPLB chooses to take.
Underlining that the Muslim parties were fighting for “rights” not just five acres of land, Owaisi said, “We were fighting for our legal rights. We can make a mosque. We don’t need to beg. You don’t need to patronise us.”
Owaisi, who has emerged as the main political voice of the Muslim community, said, “Faith has prevailed over facts” with regards to the Supreme Court’s verdict today.
Owaisi kept repeating the Supreme Court was “supreme but not infallible,” attributing the quote to Justice J.S. Verma, a former Chief Justice of India.
The disputed site in Ayodhya was awarded to the Hindu parties, while the top court directed the Centre to allot a 5-acre plot to the Uttar Pradesh Sunni Central Waqf Board for building a mosque.
“The Ayodhya verdict holds no value for us. We are dissatisfied with the verdict. It has a lot of contradictions. We will seek a review,” the Sunni Waqf board’s lawyer Zafaryab Jilani said after the judgement.