New Delhi: A five-judge Supreme Court constitution bench on Saturday delivered a landmark judgement in a politically-sensitive Babri Masjid-Ram Janmabhoomi Title Suit, observing that a Ram temple will be built on the disputed 2.77 acres land in Ayodhya. Ending the century-old dispute that has torn the social fabric of the nation, the top court also held that Nirmohi Akhara, one of the three parties in the suit, is not a Shebait or devotee of the deity Ram Lalla, dismissing its plea seeking control of the entire disputed land in Ayodhya.
Muslims, the court said in its verdict, will get a 5-acre alternate land in a suitable, prominent place.
Further, the court said that a trust should be formed within three months for the construction of the temple at the site many Hindus believe Lord Ram was born.
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Here is how politicians across the spectrum reacted to the verdict:
Prime Minister Narendra Modi
“The Supreme Court of the country has pronounced its verdict on Ayodhya. This decision should not be seen as a victory or defeat of anyone. Be it Ramabhakti or Rahimbhakti, this is the time for all of us to strengthen the spirit of Bhakti. My appeal to the countrymen is to maintain peace, harmony and unity.
“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 will further strengthen the confidence of the common man in judicial processes. In accordance with the spirit of brotherhood of thousands of years of our country, we have to introduce peace and restraint to 130 crore Indians. To introduce the underlying spirit of peaceful co-existence of India.”
Union Home Minister Amit Shah
“I welcome the Supreme Court’s decision on Shri Ram Janmabhoomi unanimously. I appeal to people of all communities and religions to accept this decision with ease and remain committed to our resolve of ‘Ek Bharat-Shreshtha Bharat’, full of peace and harmony.
“This legal dispute of Shri Ram Janmabhoomi, which has been going on for decades, has finalized with this decision today. I congratulate the justice system of India and all the justices.
“Shri Ram Janmabhoomi strives for legal dispute; I express my gratitude to all the organizations, Sant Samaj of the entire country and countless unknown people who have tried it for so many years.
“I am confident that this landmark judgment given by the Supreme Court will prove to be a milestone in itself. This decision will further strengthen India’s unity, integrity and great culture.”
UP CM Yogi Adityanath
“The decision of the Hon’ble Supreme Court is welcome, everyone should cooperate in maintaining the unity and harmony of the country, the Government of Uttar Pradesh is fully committed to maintaining the atmosphere of peace, security and harmony in Uttar Pradesh.”
Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal
“We welcome the SC judgement on Ayodhya which ended decades-old dispute. I appeal for peace and harmony.”
Former MP CM Shivraj Singh Chauhan
“Let us all respect, respect and welcome the decision of the Honorable Supreme Court. Nobody has lost. Our country has always given a message of peace to the world. I appeal to all the country and people to maintain unity, love, harmony and brotherhood among themselves.”
Union Defence Minister Rajnath Singh
“The Judgment of Hon’ble Supreme Court on Ayodhya is historic. The Judgement will further strengthen India’s social fabric.
“I urge everyone to take the verdict with equanimity and magnanimity. I also appeal to the people to maintain peace & harmony after this landmark verdict.”
Bihar CM Nitish Kumar
“Supreme Court’s judgement should be welcomed by everyone, it will be beneficial for the social harmony. There should be no further dispute on this issue, that is my appeal to the people.”
Union Transport Minister Nitin Gadkari
“Everyone must accept the Supreme Court judgement and maintain peace.”
Zafaryab Jilani, Sunni Waqf Board Lawyer
“We respect the judgement but we are not satisfied, we will decide further course of action.”
Shiv Sena leader Sanjay Raut
“First temple then government !!!
Temple in Ayodhya
Government in Maharashtra …
Jai Shri Ram !!!”
Congress spokesperson Randeep Surjewala
“Supreme Court’s verdict has come, we are in favour of the construction of Ram Temple. This judgement not only opened the doors for the temple’s construction but also closed the doors for BJP and others to politicise the issue.”
Congress leader Sanjay Nirupam
“The Supreme Court’s decision on the question of Ram temple in Ayodhya is balanced. It should be accepted with pleasure. A grand Ram temple was built at the place of birth, it became the aspiration of the whole country. The honor of the Muslim society has been kept intact by ensuring a plot for building the mosque as well.”
Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) leader Raj Thackeray
“Today, is a momentous day. The sacrifice of our Karsewaks has finally paid of. Keeping the public sentiments and the facts in mind, the Supreme Court declared a landmark verdict and we wholeheartedly congratulate and extend our gratitude.
“We look forward to the expediting of the construction of the Ram Mandir and I hope to see the heralding of ‘Ramrajya’ in the true sense. My thoughts are with Balasaheb as he would have been happy to witness the historic day.”
AIMIM Chief Asaduddin Owaisi
Not satisfied with the verdict. Supreme Court is indeed supreme but not infallible. We have full faith in the constitution, we were fighting for our right, we don’t need 5 acre land as donation. We should reject this 5 acre land offer, don’t patronize us.
Congress leader Rahul Gandhi
“The Supreme Court has pronounced its verdict on the Ayodhya issue. Honouring this decision of the court, we all have to maintain mutual harmony. This is a time of brotherhood, trust and love among all of us Indians.”