Maharaja flies king, who’s down to earth in the air
Rejected PM’s offer ‘to work together’, claims Pawar Swedish Royals Get Off Carrying Their Own Bags
Hinting at BJP’s attempts to form government with his party in Maharashtra, NCP chief Sharad Pawar said on Monday PM Narendra Modi had expressed a desire to “work together”, but that he had declined the offer. Pawar said he met the PM in Parliament House on November 20 to discuss the agrarian crisis. “After our discussion was over, he called me back, saying, ‘I will be happy, if we work together’. I rejected the offer, saying, ‘our personal relations are excellent and in future too, they will be excellent, but politically, it’s not convenient for me’,’’ Pawar said at a TV interview.
New Delhi: An Air India Dreamliner flight from Stockholm touched down in Delhi on Monday with two royal guests travelling like normal passengers as if to the manner born: King Carl XVI Gustaf and Queen Silvia of Sweden.
Shorn of the trappings of high-flying royalty because of a last-minute snag in the official aircraft that was to bring them here, neither the king nor the queen made a fuss. If anything, the royal couple aboard the Maharaja flew into the hearts of co-passengers and the crew with their down-to-earth demeanour throughout the flight.
AI sources said the king relished the Indian meal served on board and, on alighting from the Dreamliner, took everyone by surprise when he insisted on carrying his cabin bags from the plane through the aerobridge.
Air India, which operates its twin class (business and economy) Boeing 787 Dreamliner between Delhi and Stockholm thrice a week, had heard from the palace about tickets for the royal couple and their entourage only a few hours before the flight.
Review petitions, normally, get adjudicated in chamber by the same bench which rendered the judgment and without assistance of lawyers from litigating sides.
“In the judgment, the SC has acknowledged a few of several illegalities committed by Hindu parties — damage of the domes of Babri Masjid in 1934, placing of idols surreptitiously inside the inner courtyard to desecrate the mosque in the intervening night of December 22-23, 1949, and demolition of the mosque in 1992. However, the SC proceeded to condone these very illegal acts and has awarded the disputed site to the very party which based its claims on nothing but a series of illegal acts,” Rashidi said in his 217-page petition, including
MATTERS OF FAITH IN COURT AGAIN
The petitioner also questioned the balancing act done by the SC, using its inherent powers under Article 142 of the Constitution, to award five acres of land at a prominent place in Ayodhya to the Sunni Waqf Board. Rashidi said this came as condoning the illegalities of Hindu parties over decades. He said five acres to the Waqf Board was “neither pleaded (during the arguments) nor prayed for (in the appeals challengBoard.
ing Allahabad HC verdict)”.
Respondents in the review petition include ‘Bhagwan Sri Ram Virajman at Sri Ram Janmabhoomi Ayodhya’. The Allahabad HC had in its September 30, 2010, judgment divided the disputed land into three equal parts and given one each to Ram Lalla, Nirmohi Akhara and Sunni Waqf Board. The SC by its November 9 judgment gave the entire disputed land to Ram Lalla’s temple, rejecting claims of both Nirmohi Akhara and Waqf However, it allotted five acres at an alternative place to the board.
Rashidi did not seek review of the SC judgment on several points — rejection of Nirmohi Akhara’s suit as barred by limitation; Ram Janmasthan not being a juristic person; deity not a perpetual minor for the purpose of limitations; Vishnu Hari inscriptions were not recovered from the disputed site; Waqf Board’s suit was not barred by limitation; courts cannot correct historical wrongs; ASI report’s inability to answer whether a preexisting structure was demolished to construct Babri Masjid; finding of title cannot be based on archaeological evidence; Places of Worship (Special Provision) Act, 1991, is intrinsically related to obligation of a secular state and reflects commitment to equality of all religions.