Ayodhya verdict: PM cautions people against `disruptive elements`

Last Updated: Friday, October 1, 2010 - 00:25

New Delhi: Appealing to maintain peace and harmony in the wake of Ayodhya verdict, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh today cautioned people against "disruptive elements" spreading rumours to create ill-will between communities.

"You should be particularly careful with regard to
rumours that disruptive elements could propagate to create
ill-will between communities," Singh said after a meeting of
the Cabinet Committee on Security followed by a Congress Core
Group meet headed by party chief Sonia Gandhi.

The Prime Minister made it clear that the government
remained fully committed to upholding the rule of law and
maintaining peace, order and harmony.

Observing that only a few mischief makers often create
divisions in society, Singh appealed to the countrymen to be
vigilant and not let such people succeed in disrupting peace
and harmony.

Noting that the judgement is the culmination of a long
judicial process involving a sensitive matter on which
different sections of people have held different views, he
said, "the correct conclusion, at this stage, is that the
status quo will be maintained until the cases are taken up by
the Supreme Court."

He said the orders delivered by the three judges need to
be "examined carefully" and noted that the High Court itself
has directed that the "status quo as prevailing till date
shall be maintained for a period of three months." Besides, he
said, the High Court has granted leave to appeal to the
Supreme Court.

"I have full faith in the people of India. I also have
full confidence in the traditions of secularism, brotherhood
and tolerance of our great country," the Prime Minister said.

"Show respect for all religions and religious beliefs
in the highest traditions of Indian culture," he said.

He noted that by three separate orders, the judges have
given their findings on issues and in the operative part,
moulded the reliefs to the parties in a particular manner.

"It is my hope that the response of the people of India
to the judgement will be respectful, dignified and do our
country proud," Singh added.

Congress wary

Congress top brass, including
PM Singh and party President Sonia Gandhi
today held deliberations in the wake of the judgement of the
Allahabad High Court on the Ayodhya title suits.

The meeting of the party Core Group took place soon
after the Cabinet Commuter of Security met to deliberate on
the court verdict and its political fallout in Uttar Pradesh
and other states.

A section of the Congress is apprehensive that the
verdict of the High Court would help BJP revive the Ram temple
issue and take political advantage in the long run.

Hailing the judgment, Congress General Secretary
Janardhan Dwivedi said his party has held that the controversy
should either be solved through talks or the verdict of the
court should be accepted.


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First Published: Friday, October 1, 2010 - 00:25

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