The Polit Bureau of the Communist Party of India (Marxist) has issued the following statement:
The failure of the recent effort by the Kanchi Shankaracharya to arrive at a negotiated settlement about the Ayodhya dispute with the All India Muslim Personal Law Board, is not surprising. It is unfortunate that the Shankaracharya’s formula was tantamount to asking the Muslims to handover the Ayodhya site where the Masjid stood, for building a temple. Further his letter of July 1 to the AIMPLB makes similar demands regarding the Kashi and Mathura sites which echo the RSS-VHP stand. This episode once again highlights the necessity to get a judicial verdict to settle the dispute.
The Polit Bureau demands that the Vajpayee government stop sponsoring moves such as the Shankaracharya’s and stick to the stand that all parties must abide by the court verdict.