Live: PM Modi addresses nation on Ayodhya verdict, says 'new history written today'

The Supreme Court is all set to pronounce its verdict in the politically-sensitive and several decades-old Ayodhya's Ram Janambhoomi-Babri Masjid land dispute case on Saturday. The landmark verdict will be delivered around 10:30 am

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NEW DELHI: It's a unanimous and historic decision in favour of the construction of Ram Temple in Ayodhya by the five-judge Constitution bench of the Supreme Court. The bench led by Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi ruled on Saturday (November 9, 2019) that the title suit by Ram Lalla Virajman is maintainable while ordering the Centre to set-up a Board of Trustees in the next three months for the construction of a Ram Temple.

Rejecting the petition by the Muslim side, the apex court ruled that they be given 5 acres of land at an alternate site in Ayodhya in the politically and socially-sensitive and several decades-old Ayodhya's Ram Janmbhoomi-Babri Masjid land dispute case.

Ahead of the crucial verdict, political leaders cutting across the party lines have appealed for peace and calm. Prime Minister Narendra Modi also called for calm and said that the top court judgment “will not be anyone’s loss or victory”.

The case was heard by a five-judge Constitution Bench comprising Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi, Justices S A Bobde, D Y Chandrachud, Ashok Bhushan, and S Abdul Nazeer for a marathon 40 days on a day-to-day basis and reserved its order on October 16.

Hearing in the case commenced on August 6 after the court-appointed mediation panel, comprising of spiritual leader Sri Sri Ravi Shankar and Justice (retired) FMI Kalifullah and senior advocate and renowned mediator Sriram Panchu failed to arrive at an out-of-court settlement in the case. The 40-day long proceedings turned out to be the second-longest hearing in the history of the Supreme Court, after the historic Kesavananda Bharati case which went on for 68 days.

On Friday, Justice Gogoi held an hour-long meeting with UP Chief Secretary Rajendra Kumar Tiwari and Director General of Police Om Prakash Singh who apprised him about the security arrangements made to maintain law and order in the state.

Meanwhile, multi-layered security arrangements have been put in place in Ayodhya, which has been turned into a fortress with the deployment of 60 companies (90-125 personnel each) of the PAC and paramilitary forces. Drones and CCTV cameras will also be used to monitor the situation ahead of the verdict.

Section 144, which prohibits a gathering of more than four people, has been imposed across several states, including Goa, Uttar Pradesh and Jammu and Kashmir, ahead of the SC verdict. Further, all schools and colleges and other educational institutions will remain closed in states like Madhya Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh, Jammu and Kashmir, Karnataka, Rajasthan, Delhi etc as a precautionary measure ahead of the Supreme Court verdict in the case. The Uttar Pradesh government has also declared holidays for all schools and colleges in the state starting from November 9 to 11 amid safety concerns. 

You can watch the live streaming of the much-anticipated verdict in Ayodhya land dispute case here.

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09 November 2019
18:41 PM

I express my gratitude to Supreme Court judges for the historic judgement on Ayodhya case. The verdict is a strong message of unity in diversity and that there's no place for any negativity now: UP CM

18:40 PM

Ayodhya verdict is proof of India's strong judiciary: Yogi Adityanath

18:40 PM

Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath addresses press conference on Ayodhya verdict, thanks citizens for maintaining peace.

18:17 PM

Supreme Court verdict gave us a message of unity and patience. We need to look to India's future now. We must all work together to achieve our goals: PM Modi 

18:16 PM

Today is the day to leave all the bitterness behind and in new India there should be no place for any animosity

18:16 PM

Today is the day to leave all the bitterness behind and in new India there should be no place for any animosity

18:12 PM

It is a day to bury differences and negativity: PM Modi

18:11 PM

Important that the Ayodhya verdict was a unanimous decision: PM Modi

18:10 PM

PM Modi draws an analogy with Berlin Wall, says, "November 9 is historic in many ways. Today is the anniversary of the fall of Berlin Wall."

18:07 PM

Ayodhya verdict has come with a consensus. Nation has accepted the verdict: PM Modi

18:06 PM

People have written a new history today. Nation has accepted the verdict with open heart. Supreme Court has given historic verdict today. Today's verdict is a golden chapter in the history of Indian judiciary: PM Modi

18:06 PM

Unity in diversity is our strength: Modi

18:05 PM

People from every faith and community have welcomed the SC verdict in Ayodhya case. Unity in diversity is visible in all its glory in India today and our country is known for this: PM Modi 

18:05 PM

Long-standing Ayodhya case has come to an end, says PM Modi, in his first address to nation after Supreme Court verdict on Ayodha land dispute.

18:00 PM

PM Narendra Modi begins address to nation on Ayodhya land dispute.

12:34 PM

"This legal dispute of Shri Ram Janmabhoomi, which has been going on for decades, reached its final step with this decision today. I congratulate the justice system of India and all the justices," says Union Home Minister Amit Shah after the SC verdict in Ayodhya case.

"Shri Ram Janmabhoomi strives for legal dispute; I express my gratitude to all the organizations, Sant Samaj of the entire country and countless unknown people who have tried it for so many years," Shah tweets in Hindi on his official handle.

"I am confident that this landmark judgment given by the Supreme Court will prove to be a milestone in itself. This decision will further strengthen India's unity, integrity and great culture," says Home Minister.


12:21 PM

The Indian National Congress releases statement after the verdict in Ayodhya case and says it respects the verdict of the Supreme Court in the Ayodhya case.

We appeal to all the parties concerned and to all communities to abide by the secular values and spirit of fraternity enshrined in our Constitution and to maintain peace and harmony, the Congress added.

It is the responsibility of each one of us to reaffirm our tradition of mutual respect and unity among all that has defined our society through the ages, the Congress further said.

12:00 PM

Shiv Sena leader Sanjay Raut says, "First temple, then government !!! Temple in Ayodhya, Government in Maharashtra ... Jai Shri Ram !!!", following the Supreme Court judgment in the Ayodhya case.

11:53 AM

Following the verdict in Ayodhya case, lawyer of Sunni Waqf Board Zafaryab Jilani says, "We respect the SC's verdict. But we are not satisfied with it. Five acres of alternate land does not resolve the issue. We will decide the future course of action."

Jilani further appealed everyone to maintain peace and harmony in the nation.

11:45 AM

The Judgment of Hon'ble Supreme Court on Ayodhya is historic. The Judgement will further strengthen India’s social fabric. I urge everyone to take the verdict with equanimity and magnanimity, says Defence Minister Rajnath Singh.

"I also appeal to the people to maintain peace & harmony after this landmark verdict," Singh further says.

11:43 AM

Iqbal Ansari, one of the main litigants in Ayodhya land dispute case says, "I am happy that Supreme Court has finally delivered a verdict, I respect the judgement of the court," following the Supreme Court verdict.

11:42 AM

Supreme Court's judgement should be welcomed by everyone, it will be beneficial for social harmony. There should be no further dispute on this issue, that is my appeal to the people, says Bihar CM Nitish Kumar on Ayodhya verdict delivered by the SC.

11:34 AM

Everyone must accept the Supreme Court judgement and maintain peace, says Union Minister Nitin Gadkari on Ayodhya verdict.

11:27 AM

It is a historic judgement. With this judgement, the Supreme Court has given the message of unity in diversity: Varun Kumar Sinha, lawyer of Hindu Mahasabha.

11:14 AM

Board of trustees to be set up in three months for construction of Ram temple in Ayodhya, says SC.

11:13 AM

Muslims fail to prove that the site was under their possession before Babri Masjid was constructed, says SC.

Muslim parties to be given alternate land of five acres, inner courtyard to be given to trust: SC.

11:10 AM

SC orders no division of land in Ayodhya, says Centre should come up with a plan in three months for construction of Ram temple in Ayodhya.

11:08 AM

SC rules that alternate piece of land should be given to Muslims, says SC.

11:06 AM

Allahabad High Court trifurcating the disputed land site is not logical, says SC.

11:05 AM

It is clearly established that Muslims offered prayers inside the inner courtyard while the same was done by Hindus in the outer courtyard, SC observes.

11:05 AM

The nature of worship offered by Hindus over the years prove that they had always believed that Lord Rama was born at the site, says SC.

10:59 AM

There are documents between 1856-57 that show that the Hindus were not obstructed from worshipping at Ayodhya temple, says SC.

10:59 AM

There has been extensive nature of worship by Hindus in the outer courtyards, there was also no abandonment of the site by Muslims and there was no cessation of Namaz, says SC.

10:58 AM

No one can question Hindus' faith that Lord Ram was born in Ayodhya, SC observes.

10:51 AM

There is evidence that Ram Chabutra, Sita Rasoi were worshipped by the Hindus before the British came: SC

Travelogues, gazetteers cannot be the basis of adjudication of title, SC says.

10:45 AM

ASI refrained from recording a finding on whether the mosque was built after demolishing a Hindu temple, Supreme Court observes.

Hindus believe that Lord Ram was born right below the central dome of the disputed structure, SC says. Both Hindu and Muslim witnesses indicate that people of both faiths were offering prayers at the disputed site, SC further says.

Whether a belief is justified is beyond judicial inquiry. Once the faith is established, the court should defer to it: Supreme Court says.


10:44 AM

The SC says, there is adequate material in ASI report to conclude the following:

Babri Masjid not constructed on vacant land. There was a structure underlying the disputed structure.

The underlying structure was not an Islamic structure, says the Supreme Court.

10:44 AM

SC says title suit filed by Nirmohi Akhara in Ayodhya case is barred by limitation.

10:43 AM

 Inappropriate for the SC to enter into the area of theology, the true test is faith and belief of worshippers of the mosque, says SC bench.

10:42 AM

Places of Worship Act reaffirms the commitment of India to protect the interest all religious community, says CJI Ranjan Gogoi.

10:39 AM

Two idols were kept in Ayodhya in 1949, says CJI Ranjan Gogoi.

10:38 AM

CJI Ranjan Gogoi says Babri Masjid was built by Babar's General Mir Baqi.

10:38 AM

Ayodhya judgement will be unanimous, says CJI Ranjan Gogoi.

10:37 AM

CJI Ranjan Gogoi says he will take 30 minutes to deliver the judgement in the Ayodhya case.

10:36 AM

SC dismisses UP Shia Waqf board appeal unanimously by 5-0, rules only Sunni Waqf board represents Muslims in the Ayodhya case.

10:30 AM

All five judges have begun signing the verdict papers in Supreme Court. The decision will be pronounced shortly.

10:24 AM

Five-judge Constitution bench assembles in Supreme Court. Judgement in Ayodhya case will be pronounced shortly.

10:23 AM

Chief Justice-designate Justice Sharad Arvind Bobde, Justice Ashok Bhushan, Justice DY Chandrachud and Justice SA Nazeer have reached the Supreme Court to deliver the judgement in Ayodhya land dispute case, which will be announced shortly.

10:16 AM

Ayodhya verdict: Know the five judges who will deliver the Supreme Court judgement.

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10:09 AM

Supreme Court restricts the entry of people in court premises, no fresh pass is issued to allow people to enter the courtroom to witness pronouncement of judgement in Ayodhya case.

10:09 AM

Home Minister Amit Shah calls a high-level security meeting at his residence. National Security Advisor (NSA) Ajit Doval, Intelligence Bureau (IB) Chief, Arvind Kumar, and other senior officials to attend the meeting.

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10:04 AM

Cyber and media cell set up in Gautam Buddha Nagar to monitor WhatsApp, FB and Twitter ahead of Ayodhya verdict.

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10:03 AM

Lawyers gather outside Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi's court. Five-judge SC bench will deliver verdict in Ayodhya land dispute case at 10:30 am.

09:49 AM

Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi reaches the Supreme Court to deliver verdict in Ayodhya land dispute case.

09:47 AM

As many as 60 companies of the paramilitary force, RPF and PAC and 1,200 police constables, 250 sub-inspectors, 20 Deputy-SPs and two SPs have been deployed in Ayodhya district. Double layer barricading, public address system, 35 CCTVs and 10 drones have been deployed for security surveillance, says ADG UP Police Ashutosh Pandey ahead of the SC verdict.

09:44 AM

Paramilitary forces have been deployed in Ayodhya, aerial surveillance is being done. Intelligence machinery has been geared up, random checks are also taking place. An ADG rank officer has been deployed in Ayodhya to keep an eye on operations, says UP DGP as the nation braces itself for the SC's historic judgement.

09:37 AM

Devotees are visiting the temple of Shri Ram Lalla. There are no restrictions on visiting the temple. All markets are open, the situation is completely normal, says Ashutosh Pandey, ADG (Prosecution) UP Police ahead of the SC's verdict in the Ayodhya land dispute case.

09:35 AM

Ahead of Supreme Court verdict, Odisha CM Naveen Patnaik appeals to everyone to accept the judgement of Supreme Court.

He tweets, "Let us continue to live in peace and harmony. The spirit of brotherhood is the hallmark of our secular fabric."

09:32 AM

Ayodhya turns into a fortress with heavy security deployed across the district ahead of the SC's verdict in the Ramjanambhoomi-Babri Masjid case which is due today.

09:30 AM

Zee News appeals for calm, says time for India to tell why it is world's largest secular democracy.

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09:28 AM

"The social media cell of Uttar Pradesh Police is on alert and keeping an eye on objectionable tweets, comments and posts. We have marked 673 active accounts on social media for creating nuisance and cases are being registered. Internet could be blocked if a need is felt in any district of the state," says UP DGP OP Singh as the SC is all set to deliver historic judgment in the Ayodhya land dispute case.

09:26 AM

"I appeal to all to respect the Supreme Court verdict and maintain peace. Prime Minister has rightly said that the Ayodhya verdict will not be anyone’s loss or victory, " says Mahant Satyendra Das, Chief Priest of the makeshift Ram temple in Ayodhya, as quoted by news agency ANI.

09:21 AM

We have full faith in our judiciary. I appeal to all to accept Supreme Court's verdict and maintain peace, says Union Minister Nitin Gadkari ahead of the verdict in Ayodhya land dispute case.

09:19 AM

Bihar CM Nitish Kumar appeals to everyone to maintain peace and harmony ahead of the SC verdict in Ayodhya land dispute case. Talking about the verdict, CM Nitish appeals to the citizens of the state, including the state, to maintain social harmony and mutual love. "Everyone should respect and welcome the court's decision, " Nitish Kumar says.

09:14 AM

Congress general secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra urges the nation to "uphold the 1000 years old tradition of unity, social harmony, and mutual love of the country, whatever the court decision may be."

Taking to Twitter, she says, "As you all know, the Supreme Court decision on the Ayodhya case is coming up today. At this time, we are all responsible for upholding the thousands-year-old tradition of unity, social harmony, and mutual love of the country, whatever the court decision may be. #AYODHYAVERDICT This is the country of Mahatma Gandhi. It is our duty to stick to the message of peace and non-violence."

09:11 AM

Ahead of the Ayodhya verdict, as many as 20,000 troops have been stationed at ground zero, while a high alert has been sounded across Uttar Pradesh. All schools and colleges have been closed across UP till November 11 amid security concerns.

09:09 AM

RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat will address the media at 1 pm, following the Supreme Court verdict in the Ayodhya land dispute case. The press conference will be held at Keshav Kunj parisar, Jhandewalan in Delhi.

Also, the representatives of All India Muslim Personal Law Board (AIMPLB) will also hold a press conference at Delhi's Ashoka Road following the verdict.

09:07 AM

All schools and colleges across all major districts of Rajasthan have been closed for Saturday in anticipation of the Supreme Court's verdict in the Ayodhya land dispute case.

09:06 AM

RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat appeals for peace and calm ahead of the pronouncement of the verdict in the decades-old Ayodhya Ram Janmabhoomi-Babri Masjid title dispute case by Supreme Court on Saturday. 

The RSS chief has also left for Delhi where he is due to hold deliberations with top BJP leaders, including Union Home Minister and BJP chief Amit Shah and party working president JP Nadda.

09:05 AM

The Uttar Pradesh-Nepal border has been sealed following a meeting of top officials with Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath around Friday midnight. Additional Chief Secretary for Home, Avanish Awasthi, said. He further said that no one without proper identification would be allowed to move along the sensitive border.

Awasthi added that railway forces have been directed to take safety and security of railway passengers inside trains and railway stations.

08:25 AM

In view of the Supreme Court verdict in the most sensitive case of Ram Janmbhoomi-Babri Masjid land dispute in Ayodhya today, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, appealing to the countrymen, said that the decision will not be a victory or defeat of anyone. 

Taking to Twitter, he said, " "Whatever decision SC delivers in #Ayodhya case, it'll not be a victory or defeat of anyone. My appeal to the countrymen is that it should be the priority of all of us that this decision should further strengthen the great tradition of peace, unity & goodwill of India."

08:24 AM

Deputy Chief Minister of Delhi Manish Sisodia has advised private schools to remain closed tomorrow, citing "potential security concerns with the SC Ayodhya verdict." All government schools and many private schools are already closed on account of it being a second Saturday.

08:23 AM

Section 144 (prohibits an assembly of more than 4 people in an area) has been imposed in all 10 districts of Jammu. All private as well as government schools and colleges to remain closed tomorrow on the day of the Ayodhya verdict. 

08:19 AM

Section 144 has been imposed in entire Uttar Pradesh, ahead of the verdict. Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath has also appealed to maintain peace and not spread rumours.

Section 144 has been declared across Bengaluru from 6 am tomorrow until Sunday midnight. Sale of liquor has also been banned for 48 hours starting tomorrow amid beefed up security with 50 Platoons of KSRP and 30 platoons of CAR in the city ahead of Ayodhya verdict.

08:19 AM

Schools, colleges and other educational institutes will remain closed in Madhya Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh, Jammu and Kashmir, Karnataka and Delhi as SC is all set to deliver its verdict in the much-anticipated Ayodhya land dispute case on Saturday.

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