Political parties, CMs welcome Ayodhya verdict
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Last Updated: Friday, October 01, 2010, 00:35
New Delhi: Political parties today welcomed the Allahabad High Court verdict on the Ayodhya title suits with the BJP, which spearheaded the Ramjanmabhumi movement, terming it as a "positive" development while Congress said no one should treat it as a victory or defeat.

BJP spokesperson Prakash Javedekar said the judgement was a "positive" development. The BJP top brass met in the evening to decide on the future course of action on the issue.

Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi, a known Hindutva hardliner, said the road for the construction of a magnificent Ram temple at Ayodhya has been paved. He, however, maintained at the same time that there was "no room for frenzy".

RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat also welcomed the judgement and said the order should not be seen as anybody's victory or defeat. "The movement for Ram temple is not a reactionary one, nor is it against any particular community," he said.

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.

"The court has given the verdict. We should all welcome the judgement," Dwivedi told reporters.

Shiv Sena chief Balasaheb Thackeray today said the Allahabad High Court judgement on Ayodhya title suits should put an end to the decades-old dispute.

"The Ayodhya issue was hanging fire for decades. Let us hope that today's verdict would put an end to it," he said.

BSP Supremo and UP Chief Minister Mayawati threw the ball in the Centre's court over the implementation of the verdict as well ensuring peace and harmony in the state alleging that it had not provided enough paramilitary forces for security.

CPI(M), however, reacted cautiously saying the judgement required to be fully studied as there may be questions on the nature of the verdict and maintained that recourse to Supreme Court should be the only way to resolve the matter.

"This judgement requires to be fully studied. There may be questions on the nature of the verdict," the CPI(M) Polit Bureau said in a statement.

Dwivedi said that if any person or organisation has any reservation, doors of the Supreme Court were open for them.

"Nothing should be done to disturb peace and harmony. It is the responsibility of every political party and individual to ensure this", he said.

The Congress leader said that the verdict should not be seen as victory or defeat of anybody.

Asked about bursting of crackers by VHP in Lucknow, he said there are civilised ways of expressing happiness. "No one should show extreme emotions in the wake of the verdict".

"Lord Ram was equanimous in all conditions, bad and good and Ram bhakts should learn from him that he was not jubilant at the time of his coronation nor was he remorseful when he had to go to forest (vanvas)."

Striking a philosophical note, he said there are moments in the life of individuals, society and nation, when one's wisdom and patience are put on test.

Telugu Desam Party (TDP) said the verdict needs to be studied in detail even as it appealed to all communities to maintain peace and harmony.

Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Raman Singh today said everybody should respect the judgement. He also thanked the people of the state for maintaining peace and harmony.

Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister Prem Kumar Dhumal hailed the judgement. Reacting to the verdict, he said it was not against any section of the society.

Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan said 'Mission Peace' was his "sole agenda" to maintain harmony in the state after reviewing law and order situation following the verdict.

Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi today said Ayodhya judgement has paved the way for construction of a grand Ram temple and will act as a catalyst in maintaining unity in the country.

"The judgement will work as a catalyst to maintain peace and unity in the country," Modi said reacting to the Ayodhya suit verdict delivered by Lucknow bench of Allahabad High Court.

"I believe that this judgement should not be taken as victory or defeat of any litigant. This judgement is not a matter of victory for any caste, group or party," Modi said.

Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M Karunanidhi said the judgment on the Babri-Ramjanmabhoomi issue would satisfy both communities and was in the interest of peace.

"This verdict will satisfy both the communities from the point of ensuring peace in the country. The fact that it allows the aggrieved persons to go in for an appeal is welcome," Karunanidhi, whose DMK is a constituent of the UPA, said in a statement here.

Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar today said parties in the Babri Masjid-Ramjanambhoomi title suit should respect the verdict. "The verdict should not be seen as anybody's defeat or win. There should not be any reasons for jubilation or grief anywhere," the CM said.

The LJP today took exception to RSS' comment that the Allahabad High Court verdict on Ayodhya title suit paved the way for construction of a Ram temple and said nobody should try to derive political benefit from the order.

"The RSS' reaction that the verdict has paved the way for construction of a Ram temple at the site is unfortunate. The case is set to go to the Supreme Court. Today's order should be seen as anybody's victory or defeat," LJP chief Ram Vilas Paswan said.

First Published: Friday, October 01, 2010, 00:35

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