Supreme Court's judgment in Ayodhya case: reactions

Police stand guard at the entry of the Hanuman Garhi temple near the disputed site in Ayodhya.

Police stand guard at the entry of the Hanuman Garhi temple near the disputed site in Ayodhya.   | Photo Credit: Omar Rashid

Reactions from political parties across India over the Supreme Court’s Ayodhya case 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 judgments 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.

Here are the reactions:

 

 I stand vindicated, feel deeply blessed: L. K. Advani

BJP veteran L. K. Advani, a key architect of the Ram Janmabhoomi movement, on Saturday wholeheartedly welcomed the historic Supreme Court judgment on the Ayodhya issue, saying that he stood vindicated and felt deeply blessed.

“I join all my countrymen in wholeheartedly welcoming the historic judgement delivered by the five-member Constitution Bench of the Supreme Court today in the Ayodhya matter,” Mr. Advani said in a statement.

“I stand vindicated, and feel deeply blessed, that the Supreme Court has given its unanimous verdict paving the way for the construction of a magnificent temple for Lord Ram at Ram Janmabhoomi in Ayodhya,” he added.

Describing this as a moment of “fulfilment” for him, Mr. Advani, 92, said “God Almighty” had given him an opportunity to make his own humble contribution to the mass movement, which he termed as the biggest since India’s Freedom Movement.

He further said now that the prolonged Mandir-Masjid dispute in Ayodhya has come to an end, the time has come to leave all contention and acrimony behind and embrace communal concord and peace.

 

 

Will volunteer for construction of Ram temple, says Roshan Baig

Disqualified MLA Roshan Baig, who was expelled from the Congress for anti-party activities, on Saturday said he would volunteer for the construction of Ram Temple in Ayodhya.

"You (Hindus) build the Ram Temple. We will also volunteer. Please take us along. We will also ask you to join us to build the mosque on the land given to us. Together we build the mosque and temple," the eight-time MLA told reporters.

Welcoming the Supreme Court verdict on Ayodhya, which paves the way for the construction of Ram Temple, Mr. Baig said "A year ago I had said can Ram Temple be built in Pakistan, if not in India."

"We have always maintained that we will respect whatever judgment the Supreme Court delivers.

"Muslim religious scholars have also been saying unanimously that they will abide by the verdict," he said.

Mr. Baig appealed to Muslim petitioners in the Ayodhya case not to challenge the verdict.

"Our community requires equal opportunities and peaceful co-existence. This is our slogan too," Mr. Baig pointed out.

 

 

Akhilesh uses poetry to react to Ayodhya verdict

Samajwadi Party chief Akhilesh Yadav has avoided a direct comment on the Supreme Court’s verdict on the Ayodhya dispute and used poetry to react to the decision.

Jo faisley faslon ko ghatatey hain, woh insaan ko behtar insaan banate hain (The decisions which bridges the gap, makes people a better human being,” Mr. Yadav tweeted in Hindi.

The Samajwadi Party leader’s comments assume significance as it was his father and then chief minister Mulayam Singh Yadav who had ordered the Uttar Pradesh police to open fire at karsevaks gathered in Ayodhya on October 30, 1990.

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

 

BJP always been committed to construction of Ram temple: Nadda

BJP working president Jagat Prakash Nadda said his party has always been committed to the construction of the Ram temple in Ayodhya and it played a “sincere and positive” role on the issue.

Welcoming the unanimous decision of the five-judge apex court Bench, Mr. Nadda said the judgment was an example of inclusive views representing all sections of the society.

“The Bharatiya Janata Party welcomes and salutes the people of the country who have united and kept the social, cultural and spiritual fabric of the country intact. This decision has given a clear message that we are united and the roots of democracy in India are very strong,” Mr. Nadda said in a statement.

“From Palampur resolution till date, the BJP has played a positive role on this issue and performed all its responsibilities. It is a matter of great satisfaction for us that Lord Rama’s temple issue has been resolved during the NDA government led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi,” Mr. Nadda said.

He further appealed to the countrymen to welcome the decision “wholeheartedly” and set an example to save the invaluable legacy of equality, social harmony and peace without paying any attention to rumours.

Mr. Nadda said the decision has given a clear message that “we are united and the roots of democracy in India are very strong”.

“The BJP welcomes and expresses the belief that this decision will end all disputes related to this matter and India will continue to grow stronger on the principles of unity along with its cultural heritage,” the statement said.

 

SC verdict like Diwali & Holi for us, says kin of kar sevaks

Family members of Kolkata kar sevaks who died in police firing at the Ram Janmabhoomi site 29 years ago hailed the Supreme Court verdict in the Ayodhya case and said the judgment is like Diwali and Holi for them.

Ram Kothari (22) and Sharad Kothari (20) were killed in police firing during Karseva at the Ram Janmabhoomi site in Ayodhya in Uttar Pradesh in 1990.

“Our entire family is very happy. We waited for 29 long years for justice. My brothers who died fighting for Ram Mandir would now rest in peace. It’s like a second Diwali and Holi for all of us,” Poornima, elder sister of the Kothari brothers, said on November 9.

The Kothari brothers regularly visited the Rashtriya Swayamsewak Sangh (RSS) shakha near their residence at Burrabazar in central Kolkata. They went to Ayodhya responding to the Vishwa Hindu Parishad’s call for Kar seva, Poornima told PTI.

Several people, including the Kothari brothers, were killed in police firing there at that time.

“Whenever the construction of Ram Mandir begins at the holy site, we will visit Ayodhya to pay homage to our brothers and all those kar sevaks who lost their lives,” she said.

 

Verdict ends decades-old legal dispute: Piyush Goyal

“This is a welcome decision of the Supreme Court which has been taken unanimously by the court. This decision has lead to the end of decades old legal issue,” Union Minister Piyush Goyal said in a tweet.

The Minister appealed people to accept the order and maintain the environment of peace and tranquility.

He said this historic verdict of the Supreme Court will further strengthen the culture, tradition and unity of the country.

The Minister said he would like to thank the judiciary, all organisation, society and people who were involved in resolving the matter.

 

Red letter day in country's history, says 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."

Mr. Thackeray also added that he may 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 today. 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,” Mr. Kumar said. 

 

Goa CM hails historic Ayodhya verdict, Cong calls for peace

Goa Chief Minister Pramod Sawant on Saturday appealed for peace and harmony in the wake of the supreme court verdict that paved way for the construction of a Ram temple in Ayodhya.

Terming the final order “historic”, the chief minister underlined the need to strengthen brotherhood among various communities.

“We should all accept the unanimous SC decision on Shri Ram Janmabhoomi and collectively work towards strengthening brotherhood amongst the communities,” Mr. Sawant tweeted.

The Congress also called for maintaining peace and harmony.

Leader of Opposition Digamber Kamat said the party welcomes and respects the verdict.

“We respect the verdict of the supreme court. All parties concerned and all communities should abide by the secular values and spirit of the fraternity enshrined in our Constitution and should maintain peace and harmony,” he said.

 

India is the winner, says 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,” Mr. Kumar said.

 

Govt. can provide compensation to minority community for demolishing Babri mosque, says Deve Gowda

Welcoming the Supreme Court verdict on Ayodhya land dispute, former Prime Minister and president of the Janata Dal (Secular) H. D. 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.

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Certain premises of the judgment are questionable: CPI(M)

The Polit Bureau of the Communist Party of India (Marxist) has said while the party  maintained that the issue should be resolved by a judicial verdict if a negotiated settlement was not possible, certain premises of the judgment are questionable.

"The Court judgment has itself stated that the demolition of the Babri Masjid in December 1992 was a violation of law. This was a criminal act and an assault on the secular principle. The cases pertaining to the demolition should be expedited and the guilty punished," the party's press statement said.

The Court has also appreciated the 1991 Places of Religious Worship Act. Adherence to this law should ensure that no such disputes on religious places are again raised and utilized, it said.

The Polit Bureau of the CPI(M) also urged that there should be no provocative acts using the judgment, which will disrupt communal harmony.

 

We are in favour of a temple construction: Congress

The Congress Working Committee passed a resolution accepting the Supreme Court verdict. It also appealed to appeal to all parties and communities to abide by secular values and the spirit of fraternity.

On being asked about the if it favoured the construction of Ram temple, Congress communication chief Randeep Surjewala said, "We are in favour of a temple construction."

"The Indian National Congress respects the verdict of the Supreme Court in the Ayodhya case.

"We appeal to all the parties concerned and to all communities to abide by the secular values and spirit of fraternity enshrined in our Constitution and to maintain peace and harmony.

"It is the responsibility of each one of us to reaffirm our tradition of mutual respect and unity among all that has defined our society through the ages", the CWC statement said.

 

This is victory of belief over facts: Asaduddin Owaisi

AIMIM leader Asaduddin Owaisi criticises the Supreme Court verdict. "This is victory of belief over facts", he says.

"Supreme Court is supreme but not infallible. As the AIMPLB rightly said, we are not satisfied with the judgement", Mr. Owaisi said.

 

All should accept it: Kerala CM

Without going into the details of the Ayodhya judgement, Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan on Saturday said that with the Supreme Court ruling on an issue that has caused a lot of turbulence in the past, all parties should accept it gracefully.

“All should respond positively as the Supreme Court verdict is final. Nothing should happen which will cause any sort of issues. Even when the Babri Masjid demolition took place, Kerala by and large had reacted in a very mature way. Likewise today also it should be the same,” Vijayan said while speaking to the media soon after the verdict.

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Will not challenge verdict: Litigant Iqbal Ansari

Expressing satisfaction with the Supreme Court judgment in the Ayodhya case, Iqbal Ansari, one of the litigants, on Saturday said he will not challenge it in court.

“We welcome the Supreme Court decision and the biggest happiness is that it is finally curtains down on this long pending issue,” Mr. Ansari said on phone from Ayodhya.

“We will not challenge the court verdict from our side,” he said, adding that “we are very happy with the decision.” Mr. Ansari said it was always being said that whatever the court will say will be correct.

“We respect the decision. Now this is the responsibility of the government where it provides land for the mosque. This is a sort of victory of the Muslims,” he said.

 

I respect the SC judgement, says actor Rajinikanth 

Actor Rajinikanth said that he respects the Supreme Court's judgement on the Ayodhya Case.

"I respect the verdict and urge everyone else to respect it as well. All religions should come together and work towards the progress and development of the country," he said, speaking to media persons in Chennai on Saturday.

 

We should maintain the spirit of unity and harmony: Fadnavis

This Ayodhya judgement cannot be analysed through the prism of victory and defeat, says Devendra Fadnavis.

"I welcome the judgement of honourable Supreme Court and appeal to the citizens to maintain calm and peace in the state.. Prime Minister Narendra Modi has set in motion a series of historic decisions in the country and this will be one of them. We should maintain the spirit of unity and harmony in the future as well", he said in a statement.

 

We all should strengthen mutual harmony and brotherhood: Priyanka Gandhi Vadra

Congress general secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra on Saturday said all parties should respect the Supreme Court verdict on Ayodhya issue and maintain India’s age-old tradition of living together in harmony and brotherhood.

“The Supreme Court of India has given its verdict on Ayodhya issue. All parties, communities and citizens should respect the decision and maintain our centuries-old culture of living in togetherness. We all have to come together to strengthen mutual harmony and brotherhood,” she said in a tweet in Hindi.

 

Let us renew the pledge for peace, Prasad

“A historic day when a landmark judgment has been delivered upholding the majesty of the judicial system of India. It is a victory for India. We all salute the judgment”, tweeted Union Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad.

“Lord Ram always talked of Maryaadit Aacharan. Let us renew the pledge for peace, amity and understanding. Let India grow further and prosper inspired by the eternal principles of our civilizational heritage," Mr. Prasad added.

Minister for Minority Affairs Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi too welcomed the judgment.

“The Supreme Court judgement on decades old Ayodhya matter should be welcomed and respected wholeheartedly by all of us. It’s our collective responsibility to strengthen unity, social harmony, brotherhood in the country”, Mr. Naqvi said.

 

Adityanath urges people to maintain unity, amity

Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath on Saturday welcomed the Supreme Court judgment on the Ayodhya land dispute and appealed to people to maintain unity and amity.

“We welcome the Supreme Court verdict. Everyone should support for unity and amity in the country. In UP, the government is committed to maintain peace and security,” Mr. Adityanath tweeted in Hindi.

 

Verdict puts closure to old dispute: Ram Vilas Paswan

BJP ally and Union Minister Ram Vilas Paswan asserted on Saturday that the Supreme Court verdict on the Ayodhya issue has put a closure to the dispute that had lingered for more than a century.

“The Supreme Court has given a very clear and unanimous verdict. Sentiments of all parties have been respected in this unanimous judgment. It has put a closure to the dispute that has lingered for centuries,” the Lok Janshakti Party leader said.

"The entire nation respects this historic verdict. Thanks to the Supreme Court", Mr. Paswan said.

 

Uma Bharti recalls Advani's role in Ayodhya movement

Welcoming the Supreme Court order, BJP leader Uma Bharti hails late VHP leader Ashok Singhal, party veteran L K Advani for their role in temple movement.

"L.K. Advani’s devotion to temple cause is at root of BJP’s success, and for it’s coming back to power for another term", Ms. Bharti said.

 

Joy and relief, says Sri Sri Ravishankar

Spiritual leader Sri Sri Ravishankar, who was part of a three-member mediation panel in the Ram Janmbhoomi-Babri Masjid title suit, on Saturday described the Supreme Court verdict on the matter as “historic” and said it has brought “joy and relief” to people of both the communities from a long-standing dispute.

Ravishankar told reporters that he “wholeheartedly” welcomes the judgement of the Supreme Court and the case which had been going on for long has finally reached a conclusion. He urged people to maintain peace and harmony in the society.

“I wholeheartedly welcome the historic judgment of the Hon. Supreme Court. This has brought joy and relief to people of both communities from a long-standing dispute,” he said in a tweet.

 

Hope no new issue crops up: NCP

The Nationalist Congress Party hoped that no new dispute cropped up in the country in the name of religion following the supreme court verdict on Saturday that cleared the way for the construction of a Ram Temple at the disputed site at Ayodhya.

NCP chief spokesperson Nawab Malik said it had been the position of the party to accept the SC verdict.

“It has been our position right from the beginning that we will accept the supreme court verdict and all should accept it. Hope no new dispute crops up in the country in the name of religion,” Mr. Malik tweeted.

He also urged people to maintain peace and harmony.

 

Welcome and respect SC verdict: Shivraj Singh Chouhan

BJP national vice president Shivraj Singh Chouhan on Saturday appealed to people to respect the supreme court’s final order on the disputed Ram-Janmabhoomi title suit in Ayodhya which paved the way for construction of a Ram temple.

“All should respect and welcome the supreme court verdict. Let us all respect and welcome the SC decision.

Nobody has lost. Our country has always given the message of peace to the world. I appeal to the country and all the people to maintain unity, love, harmony and brotherhood,” the former Madhyra Pradesh CM told reporters.

 

Verdict a milestone in Indian jurisprudence: Amit Shah

Union Home Minister Amit Shah welcomes the Supreme Court verdict on Ayodhya. Lauding the apex court for bringing closure to the decades long dispute, Mr. Shah said, "the verdict will prove to be milestone in Indian jurisprudence".

Mr. Shah appeals for calm and maintenance of harmony among communities following the verdict.

Mr. Shahalso expressed his gratitude to all saints, institutions and unnamed people who struggled through bringing a legal closure to the dispute.

 

Historic verdict, says Rajnath

"The judgment on Ayodhya historic, will further strengthen India’s social fabric", says Defence Minister Rajnath Singh.

 

Verdict historic, balanced and judicious: Javadekar

Union Minister Prakash Javadekar on Saturday hailed the Supreme Court verdict in the Ayodhya case, saying the judgment is historic, balanced and judicious.

In a unanimous verdict, the Supreme Court paved the way for the construction of a Ram Temple at the disputed site at Ayodhya, and directed the Centre to allot an alternative 5-acre plot to the Sunni Waqf Board for building a new mosque at a “prominent” place in the holy town in Uttar Pradesh.

“The judgment of the Honourable Supreme Court on Ayodhya is historic, balanced and judicious. I am sure that everyone will welcome it,” said Mr. Javadekar.

 

Verdict a salute to sacrifices of lakhs of workers: Togadia

Former VHP president Praveen Togadia on Saturday welcomed the Supreme Court verdict in the Ram Janmbhoomi-Babri Masjid land dispute case, saying the apex court’s order giving Ram Lala’s birth land for Ram Temple is a salute to the sacrifice of lakhs of workers.

“Ram Temple at the same place of Ram Birth has been Hindu demand for more than 450 years. Lakhs of Hindus sacrificed their lives, careers, families for this. Today, Supreme Court giving the same land for Shriram Temple is a salute to this sacrifice,” Mr. Togadia said in a statement

 

A new era of harmony should begin: Pejawar seer

Vishwesha Tirtha Swami of Pejawar Mutt said on Saturday that both the Hindu and Muslim sides should accept the verdict of the Supreme Court on the Ramjanmabhumi-Babri Masjid issue.

Addressing presspersons in Udupi, the seer said that he accepted the verdict of the Supreme Court on the Ayodhya issue. The Hindus required the Ramjanmabhumi, while the Muslims required the mosque. The Court had ordered for the Ram Temple to be constructed at the disputed site, while it had ordered for five acres of land to be provided to the Muslims at a prominent place in Ayodhya. “Both Hindus and Muslims should accept this verdict. This verdict will help in Hindu-Muslim amity,” he said.

The seer said that a proper land should be given to the Muslims to construct the mosque. "Hindus should help the Muslims in the construction of the mosque and the Muslims should help the Hindus in construction of the temple. “A new era of harmony should begin in the country,” he said.

The seer said that consequent to the veredict, the Hindus should not take out victory processions and the Muslims should not get provoked. The Muslims should respect the religious beliefs of the Hindus and vice versa. There should be no disharmony in the country and all should work for the development of the nation, he said.

To a query, the seer said that the government will have to decide on the scheme to implement the order in three months. The government and the seers would decide. “It is the responsibility of the Government, Hindus and Muslims. I will go to Delhi on Sunday and hold talks on this issue with Hindu and Muslim religious leaders. Efforts should be made to reach unanimity on all issues,” he said.

To another query, the Pejawar seer said that there was no need to create controversy over Kashi and Mathura.

 

Accept order wholeheartedly, says Karnataka CM

Karnataka Chief Minister B.S. Yediyurappa has welcomed the Supreme Court’s order in the Ayodhya case and appealed to people to accept it "wholeheartedly."

Mr.Yediyurappa took to twitter from his official handle and appealed to people without reacting emotionally. He further stated that the order is not a victory for any party nor defeat to any of the parties involved. He called for peace and harmony to prevail.

He said in the tweet, “Let us all wholeheartedly welcome the apex court verdict. This is neither a victory for anyone, nor a defeat for anyone. Don’t react emotionally. Let harmony and peace prevail.”

 

Credit to Ashok Singhal and L.K. Advani, says Govindacharya


Former RSS ideologue K.N. Govindacharya, a key figure in the Ram Janmabhoomi movement, on Saturday credited late VHP stalwart Ashok Singhal and veteran BJP leader L.K.Advani for the success of the cause.

“I am extremely happy. Now, in three months a plan will be made for constructing the temple,” he said, asserting that social harmony must be maintained so that the country can move from “Ram temple to ‘Ram rajya’”.

“Lakhs of workers made sacrifices. For the leadership of the movement, I will give highest credit to Ashok Singhal and L K Advani,” he said.

 

Kejriwal welcomes verdict

"We welcome the Supreme Court judgement on Ayodhya which ended decades old dispute. I appeal for peace and harmony," says Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal.

 

Will seek a review: Sunni Central Waqf Board

Uttar Pradesh Sunni Central Waqf Board’s Zafaryab Jilani on Saturday expressed dissatisfaction over the Supreme Court’s Ayodhya verdict, saying it has a lot of contradictions and they will seek a review of it.

"The judgement is not satisfactory. We feel that it's very unjust. Yet it's the judgement of SC and therefore we respect it. We will look into legal course ahead," he said.

 

We respect, accept verdict: Ajmer Dargah

The spiritual head of Ajmer dargah on Saturday welcomed the decision of Supreme Court on Ayodhya case and appealed to people to maintain peace and harmony.

“The judiciary is supreme and everyone should respect the decision. It is the time to present a united face before the world because entire world is looking at India today,” Dargah Deewan Zainul Abedin Ali Khan said.

“We respect and accept the verdict. I appeal to the people of the country to maintain harmony and peace. This is the victory of the judiciary and the message should be loud and clear that how much the judiciary is important for us and people of the country are peace loving, he told PTI.

He said that respecting and honouring the laws of the land is the basic Islamic teaching.

“We now need to concentrate on the development of self and the nation, he 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.

(With inputs from Correspondents, Agencies)

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