Even as the government geared itself to face any eventuality that might arise in the wake of Thursday' verdict on the Ayodhya title suits, Congress president Sonia Gandhi made an appeal to people to accept the judgment — whatever it be — and to maintain the peace, goodwill and brotherhood at all costs. “Accept whatever it is for, a liberal approach is our great tradition.”

“We all know that the Lucknow Bench of the Allahabad High Court is due to deliver a judgment on a sensitive issue,” Ms. Gandhi said in a written appeal on Wednesday, pointing out that almost everyone in the country, reposing faith in the judiciary's impartiality, had expressed willingness to accept the judgment.

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