Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday welcomed the Supreme Court’s verdict in the politically sensitive decades-old Ram Janambhoomi-Babri Masjid title dispute case. In a series of tweets, PM Modi said that the verdict should not be seen as a victory or defeat for anyone. He also appealed to the people of India that their priority should be to strengthen the country’s tradition of maintaining peace and harmony.
"The Honourable Supreme Court has given its verdict on the Ayodhya issue. This verdict shouldn't be seen as a win or loss for anybody. Be it Ram Bhakti or Rahim Bhakti, it is imperative that we strengthen the spirit of Rashtra Bhakti. May peace and harmony prevail!" he tweeted in Hindi.
"SC's Ayodhya Judgment is notable because: It highlights that any dispute can be amicably solved in the spirit of due process of law. It reaffirms the independence, transparency and farsightedness of our judiciary. It clearly illustrates everybody is equal before the law," he added.
Earlier on Friday evening, PM Modi had urged the countrymen to maintain peace and harmony after the verdict is pronounced.
देश के सर्वोच्च न्यायालय ने अयोध्या पर अपना फैसला सुना दिया है। इस फैसले को किसी की हार या जीत के रूप में नहीं देखा जाना चाहिए।
रामभक्ति हो या रहीमभक्ति, ये समय हम सभी के लिए भारतभक्ति की भावना को सशक्त करने का है। देशवासियों से मेरी अपील है कि शांति, सद्भाव और एकता बनाए रखें।
- Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) November 9, 2019
The Prime Minister further said that the top court’s judgment will increase people’s faith in the judiciary.
"The halls of justice have amicably concluded a matter going on for decades. Every side, every point of view was given adequate time and opportunity to express differing points of view. This verdict will further increase people's faith in judicial processes," he said.
The Constitution bench of the Supreme Court unanimously ruled that the disputed 2.77 acres of land in Ayodhya be handed over to the Ram Lalla and ordered the Central government to frame a schema and a trust within three months for the construction of the temple. The court also directed the Centre to allot five acres of land to Sunni Waqf Board for the construction of a new mosque.