People across the country have welcomed the Supreme Court’s verdict on Ayodhya issue announced yesterday. Prime Minister Narendra Modi said, it will be a golden chapter in India’s judiciary as the decades-old case concluded and the whole nation supported the verdict wholeheartedly. Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla said it will further strengthen the confidence of the people in the country’s judicial system.
Home Minister Amit Shah welcomed the judgement saying the order will prove to be a milestone and further strengthen India’s unity and integrity. In a series of tweets, Mr Shah appealed to all communities and religions to accept the decision of the apex court with ease and remain committed to ‘Ek Bharat-Shreshtha Bharat’.
Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath said it proved the strength of India’s constitutional system and democracy and urged people to maintain peace and harmony. He said those who love the country have heartily appreciated the decision. RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat said the verdict should not be seen as anybody’s victory or defeat. He said everybody should now forget the dispute, which had continued for many decades.
BJP working president Jagat Prakash Nadda, Union ministers, Rajnath Singh, Prakash Javadekar and Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi also hailed the verdict. BJP veteran LK Advani said, he stood vindicated and felt deeply blessed.
Congress said it respects the Supreme Court verdict which is in favour of Ram temple construction. In a resolution passed by the Congress Working Committee chaired by party chief Sonia Gandhi, the party also appealed to all parties concerned and all communities to “abide by the secular values and spirit of fraternity enshrined in the Constitution.”
BSP chief Mayawati said, under the secular Constitution of Baba Saheb Bhimrao Ambedkar, all should respect the historic decision delivered unanimously by the apex court. Left parties said, the verdict clearing the way for the construction of a Ram Temple, should not be seen as a victory for any litigant.
One of the main litigants in the case, Uttar Pradesh Sunni Central Waqf Board welcomed the verdict and said it has no plans to challenge it. Board’s chairman, Zafar Ahmad Farooqui said as of now, the verdict is being studied thoroughly after which the Board will issue a detailed statement. Expressing satisfaction over the judgment, Iqbal Ansari, one of the litigants, said he will not challenge it.
National Commission for Minorities chairperson Ghayorul Hasan Rizvi said Muslims are happy with the verdict. Spiritual leader Sri Sri Ravi Shankar, who was part of the mediation panel, appointed by the apex court, said the verdict has brought “joy and relief” to members of both communities.
The Indian-American community said the decision in the decades-old land dispute is equally a victory for both Hindus and Muslims. In a statement, the Hindu American Foundation (HAF) said the Supreme Court ruling is also a victory for archaeologists, historians, and the Indian legal system.
Foundation for India and Indian Diaspora Studies (FIIDS), USA described it a balanced judgment, which shows the maturity of the Indian judicial system to resolve a challenging issue in a calm, collected and fair manner. US State Department Spokesperson Morgan Ortagus hailed the statements by Prime Minister Narendra Modi and other Indian leaders calling on all parties to maintain peace and avoid inflammatory rhetoric.