New Delhi: Prime Minister Manmohan Singh Tuesday appealed for "peace and harmony" after the Ayodhya verdict Sep 30.
"Whatever be the nature of the judgment, I think everyone should make every effort to maintain peace, harmony and tranquility in the country," Manmohan Singh told reporters on the sidelines of a book release function here.
Congress and BJP were today on
the same page along with the entire political class in
welcoming the Supreme Court order.
Reacting to the SC decision, Ranjana Agnihotri, counsel for Akhil Bharatiya Hindu Mahasabha expressed happiness.
Muslim Wakf Board’s counsel Zafaryab Gilani said, “The verdict is not in our favour only, but in favour of all contesting parties as all wanted judgement.”
Voicing his disappointment, senior advocate Mukul Rohatgi, who had appeared for Tripathi, said, “One chapter is over, the judgement has to come by October 1. It’s not as if the uncertainty will end after the HC verdict, it will continue for years…we were trying to end uncertainty by seeking an out-of-court settlement.”
On the other hand, Vishwa Hindu Parishad chief Ashok Singhal expressed happiness at the SC’s decision.
“This is a good signal. The case has been going on for years; the court has to deliver the verdict. Whatever the verdict, the case will go to the SC. The final settlement as far as Hindus are concerned can be done only through mutual agreement,” Singhal said.
BJP spokesman Prakash Javadekar said the Supreme Court decision not to the defer the Ayodhya case verdict has ended the uncertainty on the issue and appealed to the people to maintain peace and calm.
"We welcome the decision of the Supreme Court. It has cleared the uncertainty that was there in the country," he said.
However, he noted that even after the verdict of the
Lucknow Bench of the Allahabad High Court on the issue, there
were still legal avenues ahead.
The RSS too welcomed the decision, saying the Supreme Court has done the "right thing" by dismissing the petition.
"Whatever the Supreme Court has said is the right thing. A deliberate attempt was made to derail the judicial process by approaching the Supreme Court," RSS leader Ram Madhav told reporters.
Welcoming the Supreme Court order, Congress general secretary Janaradhan Dwivedi said: "We welcome the order. The party has always held that the issue should either be resolved through mutual talks or the court order should be obeyed."
Union Law Minister Veerappa Moily said the apex court has cleared the way for the verdict in the case by clearly spelling out certainty of the matter.
“The people of the country are mature enough to accept the judgement… we don’t want any uncertainty to prevail in the country,” Moily said.
He added that both the sides have the right to appeal the judgement in the Supreme Court.
Digvijay Singh said the BJP should realise that 2010 was
not 1992 when the Babri Masjid was demolished and asked the
party to "restrain" its cadre.
"I hope BJP would realise that 2010 is not 1992...They
should restrain their cadres from indulging in violence,"
Singh, the AICC General Secretary in-charge of Uttar Pradesh,
told reporters here.
The Samajwadi Party as also the NCP hailed the Supreme
"I am glad that the Supreme Court has given a very
good order today after unnecessarily staying the High Court
from pronouncing the judgement in the title suit case which
gave rise to apprehensions of a reign of terror in Uttar
Pradesh," SP General Secretary Mohan Singh said.
The All India Muslim Personal Law Board, in its reaction, appealed to everyone to maintain peace.
All India Waqf Board spokesperson Ilyasi told Zee News that the Muslims would respect the the decision of the court, whatever it will be.
Mayawati-led Uttar Pradesh government appealed to the people to mantain calm and assured all precations had been taken for the same.
State cabinet secretary Shashank S Singh security had been tightened at all sensitive locations in the state apart from the Lucknow bench of the HC that will deliver the verdict. District officials and police have been asked to round up disturbing elements and rumour mongers.
The NCP, led by Sharad Pawar, said everyone should accept
the High Court verdict.
CPI(M) General Secertary Prakash Karat said that his
party has been of the opinion that after the 1992 demolition
of Babri Masjid, the only way the matter can be resolved is
through judicial process and court verdict.
CPI leader D Raja said that the verdict of the High Court
should be respected by everyone and people should not fall
prey to any provocation.
Janata Party President Subramanian Swamy welcomed the
Supreme Court order and termed it timely.