Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M. Karunanidhi, reacting to the Ayodhya verdict, said, “For securing peace in the country, both parties [to the dispute] could derive satisfaction over the judgment.”

It was also welcome as there was provision for appeal by those who felt aggrieved over the verdict, he pointed out.

Admirable verdict: Jayalalithaa

The judgment has opened the door to the path of reconciliation, All-India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam general-secretary Jayalalithaa said.

In a statement, she described the verdict as “admirable,” and called upon the parties concerned to fully appreciate the spirit of the judgment and strive to evolve a solution that would make India a shining model of dynamic secularism.

Disappointing, says Swamy

Janata Party president Subramanian Swamy has called upon the Hindu Dharma Acharya Sabha, the Vishwa Hindu Parishad and the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh to form a committee and launch a nationwide agitation.

The agitation was meant to demand that the Union government display even-handedness by amending the Acquisition of Certain Area at Ayodhya Act of 1993 to bar the construction of any structure other than those connected with the temple of Lord Ram.

Terming the verdict “deeply disappointing,” Dr. Swamy said in a statement that the Supreme Court should be moved for appealing against the judgment.