Govt appeals for peace after Ayodhya judgement

Govt appeals for peace after Allahabad HC decision on Ayodhya dispute expected on Sept 24.

Last Updated: Sep 16, 2010, 22:00 PM IST

New Delhi: Wary of strong reactions to the
Allahabad High Court judgement on Ayodhya dispute on September
24, the government today appealed for peace and tranquility,
saying no attempt should be made by any section of people to
provoke or hurt the sentiments of others.

With eight days to go for the verdict, the Union Cabinet
chaired by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh met here and passed a
resolution, appealing for peace after the judgement is
pronounced.

"It goes without saying that the judgement needs to be
treated with the utmost respect," said the resolution passed
by the Cabinet and read out by Information and Broadcasting
Minister Ambika Soni to the media.

"At the same time, we must remember the fact that the
judgement, at this stage, is one step in the judicial process.
The determination of the issues need not necessarily end with
this judgement unless it is accepted by all parties," it said.

The government said "in case any of the parties feels
that further judicial consideration is required, there are
legal remedies available which could be resorted to."

Keeping this in mind, the government said it is
necessary for all sections of the people of India to maintain
equanimity and tranquility in the aftermath of the judgement."

The resolution was passed against the backdrop of
worries in the government that there could be a communal
flare-up in the event of the High Court verdict on Ram
Janambhoomi-Babri Masjid title suit going either way.

"There should be no attempt whatsoever made by any
section of the people to provoke any other section or to
indulge in any expression of emotion that would hurt the
feelings of other people," the Cabinet resolution said.

The appeal came a day before the Special Bench of the
High Court meets to make a last ditch effort to find an
amicable solution to the Ayodhya case.

Top leaders of RSS and VHP today held a marathon
meeting in Delhi to discuss the issue and decided not to adopt
a hardline posture if the decision goes against construction
of a temple at the disputed site. They favoured an amicable
solution.

VHP President Ashok Singhal and General Secretary
Pravin Togadia reached the RSS office here this morning and
held discussions with RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat.

Leading Islamic seminary Darul Uloom Deoband appealed
to people to respect the verdict.

"We have full confidence in the judicial system of the
country. We appeal to people to respect the verdict of the
Court and maintain peace and communal harmony in the country,"
Seminary`s deputy vice-chancellor Maulana Abdul Khalique
Madrasi said in Muzaffarnagar.

Supporting the view of Deoband, Uttar Pradesh Imams`
Organisation President Mufti Zulfikar Ali said, "We should
respect the verdict and if any party is not satisfied with the
judgement it could appeal to the Supreme Court."

The Allahabad High Court will pronounce its judgement
on the 60-year-old Ram Janmabhoomi-Babri Masjid title suit on
September 24.

Before delivering its verdict, the Special Bench has
called the lawyers of the parties to the dispute tomorrow to
find ways for resolving the case through reconciliation.

The government appealed to the people to ensure that
the delivery of the judgement is seen in its "proper
perspective as part of a judicial process" and maintain "peace
and order" after it.

"It is important for all to ensure that the highest
traditions of Indian culture and respect for all religious are
fully maintained," the Cabinet resolution said.

Noting that the country is "firmly and resolutely" on
the path of inclusive growth which is recognised all over the
world, it said, "nothing must be said or done and nothing must
happen that may cause us to deviate from our goals and our
objectives."

Speaking to reporters at Sangh`s Delhi headquarters
Keshav Kunj, RSS leader Ram Madhav said the organisation was
hopeful that the court verdict would be "in favour of building
the temple."

He also said that the best way to solve the issue
would be through a legislation by Parliament.

"We call upon the government to explore the
possibility of bringing legislation facilitating the
construction of temple," he said.

He reiterated the Sangh`s stand that it favoured
construction of a "grand Ram Temple" at the disputed site.

In Ayodhya, former UP CHIEF MINISTER Kalyan Singh
alleged that all the political parties including BJP have
adopted Muslim appeasement policy.

He said construction of temple was a matter of faith
of crores of Hindus and did not come under court`s purview.

Taking pot-shots on his former party BJP, Singh said
that it had deviated from issues like common civil code and
Ram temple construction and was "befooling" Hindus.

In Lucknow, counsels for the Sunni Central Board of
Waqfs and the Akhil Bharat Hindu Mahasabha submitted before
the Officer on Special Duty of the High Court that the verdict
should not be deferred on any ground.

They were objecting to two separate applications
filed on September 13 seeking directions for deferring the
verdict, citing apprehension of breach of peace and the
upcoming Commonwealth Games.

PTI