Reactions over SC verdict


The Supreme Court on Saturday cleared the way for the construction of a Ram Temple at the disputed site at Ayodhya, and directed the Centre to allot a 5-acre plot to the Sunni Waqf Board for building a mosque.

In one of the most important and most anticipated judgements in India’s history, the Constitution Bench headed by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi put an end to the more than a century old dispute that has torn the social fabric of the nation. The apex court said the mosque should be constructed at a ‘prominent site’ and a trust should be formed within three months for the construction of the temple at the site many Hindus believe Lord Ram was born.

Red letter day in country's history: Uddhav

After the Supreme Court delivering its verdict on Ayodhya dispute, Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray said, "This is red-letter day in country’s history."

Addressing a press conference, he said, "I remember Bal Thackeray, Ashok Singhal on this day."

Thackeray also added that he might visit Ayodhya on November 24.

Also, welcoming the Supreme Court verdict on the Ayodhya dispute, Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) chief Raj Thackeray said Shiv Sena founder Bal Thackeray would have been very happy had he been alive.

“Balasaheb would have been very happy had he been alive on Saturday. I would like to thank the Supreme Court for delivering this judgement on the basis of facts and emotions of the people. Now, Ram mandir should be constructed as soon as possible and ‘Ramrajya’ (rule of Lord Ram) shall also be established,” he said.

SC verdict a decisive step: VHP

The Vishva Hindu Parishad described the verdict as a “decisive step” towards the construction of a “grand” Ram temple and urged the central government to take speedy steps on the directions issued by the top court.

Addressing a press conference in New Delhi, VHP working president Alok Kumar said the SC order is a “decisive step towards construction of grand Ram temple in Ayodhya“.

The VHP, he said, expects the central government to take speedy steps on the directions issued by the Supreme Court, including creation of a trust to build the temple.

He claimed that 60% of pillars and beams for the Ram temple are ready.

“Today is a day of happiness for Hindus the world over,” Kumar said.

India is the winner: Venkaiah Naidu

“India is the winner” from the Supreme Court judgment on the Ayodhya land dispute, Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu said on Saturday, asserting that people’s desire and ability to live together has triumphed.

“Further to today’s unanimous verdict by 5-Judge bench of Supreme Court on Ayodhya issue, let’s leave the past behind and move towards building an India of peace, harmony & prosperity. India is the winner from this judgement. Our desire and ability to live together has triumphed,” the Vice President’s Secretariat tweeted quoting Naidu.

Warning that divisions of any kind only dissipate “our collective energies”, Naidu said “this great land of ours has space for all“. “Let’s all move forward together towards peace and prosperity nurturing our collective illustrious heritage,” he said.

 We should maintain mutual harmony: Rahul

Everyone should respect the Supreme Court verdict on the Ayodhya land dispute and maintain harmony, Congress leader Rahul Gandhi said on Saturday while noting that this is the time to promote brotherhood, trust and love for all in the country.

“The Supreme Court has pronounced its verdict on the Ayodhya issue. While honouring this decision of the court, we all should maintain mutual harmony. This is a time for brotherhood, trust and love among us all Indians,” he said in a tweet in Hindi.

 A decisive step towards construction of Ram temple in Ayodhya: VHP

The Vishva Hindu Parishad on Saturday described the Supreme Court verdict on the Ayodhya land dispute as a “decisive step” towards the construction of a “grand” Ram temple and urged the central government to take speedy steps on the directions issued by the top court.

Addressing a press conference, VHP working president Alok Kumar said claimed that 60 per cent of pillars and beams for the Ram temple are ready.

“Today is a day of happiness for Hindus the world over,” Kumar said.

Govt can provide compensation to minority community: Deve Gowda

Welcoming the Supreme Court verdict on Ayodhya land dispute, former Prime Minister and president of the Janata Dal (Secular) HD Deve Gowda said here on Saturday that the Union government can consider providing compensation to the minority community for the ‘kar sevaks’ demolishing the Babri mosque in 1992.

Speaking to press persons Mr. Gowda claimed that the apex court has said that demolishing the mosque was not right. “Hence I feel the Union government can provide some compensation to the minority community.”

Welcome the verdict: Mohan Bhagwat

“We welcome the verdict, it shouldn’t be looked at a defeat or victory for anyone, rather something that would strengthen the sense of unity in the country,” RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat has said.

On Kashi and Mathura, Mr. Bhagwat says that there was a historic background to the RSS being involved with Ayodhya. "As an organisation we don’t otherwise involve ourselves in agitations and we will revert to our man making mission,” he said.

It' time to strengthen the spirit of 'Rashtra bhakti': PM Modi

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday said the Supreme Court verdict on the Ayodhya land dispute should not be seen as anybody’s win or loss, and appealed to countrymen for peace, unity and amity.

"This decision of the Supreme Court is important for several reasons: It shows how important is to follow the legal process in resolving a dispute. Each side was given enough time and opportunity to present its arguments. The temple of justice resolved the decades-old case amicably.

"...This decision should not be seen as a victory or defeat of anyone. Be it Ramabhakti or Rahimabhakti, this is the time for all of us to strengthen the spirit of Rashtra Bhakti," the Prime Minister said.

There should not be any further controversy: Nitish Kumar

In a first reaction to the Supreme Court judgement in Ayodhya case, Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar on Saturday asked everyone to accept the verdict.

"We should all in the country  accept the Supreme Court verdict on Ayodhya issue ...it's an unanimous verdict and there should not be any further controversy on it", says Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar.