Ayodhya has been a matter of dispute for long, and in its latest hearing the Supreme Court of India said that ‘it is a sensitive and sentimental issue and it's best that it is settled amicably’. 


The decision of the Ayodhya dispute is pending since 2010 and today the Apex court said ‘all parties should choose mediators to make a fresh attempt to settle the issue.’ The court further commented that ‘if required, a principal mediator can be chosen by the court for settling the issue.’ 


The Chief Justice of India (CJI) Justice J. S. Khehar also offered to mediate if the parties to this dispute are ready for resolving the issues through talks. The court also asked BJP leader Subramanian Swamy, who sought an urgent hearing on the issue, to consult the parties and inform it about the decision on March 31. 


BJP welcomed the Supreme Court's suggestion on resolving the Ayodhya dispute. RSS also welcomed the apex court's suggestion for a negotiated settlement to the Ayodhya dispute, saying it should be resolved at the earliest and a grand shrine should be built with the participation of all.


"We welcome the suggestion of Supreme Court. RSS always supported a settlement outside the court or a legislation to solve the sensitive issue," RSS Joint General Secretary Dattatreya Hosabale told reporters here.


However, Muslim organisations, including Babri Masjid Action Committee were today sceptical about the Supreme Court's suggestion for talks to resolve the Ayodhya dispute, saying attempts at out-of-court settlement in the past have been unsuccessful. 


"We are ready with Chief Justice (of India) mediating... we trust him. We are also ready we if he nominates a team for hearing the matter. But out of court settlement is not possible. If SC passes an order in this regard, we will look into it," said Zafaryab Jilani, Convenor of the Committee which is a party to the case.


Meanwhile, the newly sworn-in Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh, Yogi Adityanath has accepted Modi government’s proposal and has given a green signal to build the Ramayan Museum in Ayodhya that will cost ₹154 and also cleared 20 acres of land for the same. The previous Akhilesh Yadav’s government did not granted permission to build the museum. 


The approval to the Ramayan Museum is the first major move by the new state government and a victory for the central government on the Ayodhya issue. The centre is planning to complete the construction in 18 months and in October 2016, the Union Culture Minister, Mahesh Sharma, already inspected the site in Ayodhya for the proposed museum.