Political parties, CMs welcome Ayodhya verdict

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.

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

"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.

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