Even as the government insisted that the Supreme Court judgement on Ayodhya should not be seen as victory or defeat by anyone, the ruling BJP did not shy away from giving some credit subtly to the Modi dispensation over the Ram temple issue, saying its tenure "will be written in golden letters".
In a statement issued by BJP Working President JP Nadda, the party said, “The temple issue has been resolved during the NDA government led by Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi”.
While welcoming the verdict, the statement said the BJP has “always been committed to the construction of the Ram temple. From Palampur resolution to date, BJP has played a sincere and positive role in this issue and performed all its responsibilities.”
It went on to add, “Whenever the history of the country will be re-written, this tenure of the Bharatiya Janata Party government at the Centre will be written in golden letters.”
Ram temple has been one of the core issues of the BJP and has been part of its election manifesto since 1989.
Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) which has been spearheading the Ram temple movement, too made its intentions clear.
“About Kashi and Mathura, I must make it clear — the Supreme Court judgement is not the end of the story but the beginning of it,” said VHP’s International Working President Alok Kumar, hours after the apex court gave its verdict on the contentious Ayodhya title dispute case.
Talking about the “consciousness of the society”, Kumar stressed the priority however will remain the construction of a grand Ram Temple for now.
But the fact the powerful saffron outfit, an affiliate of the RSS, talked about a “beginning” suggests the VHP is likely to pursue the temple cause of Mathura and Kashi, where a dispute similar to Ayodhya exists.
Welcoming the Supreme Court verdict on the Ayodhya dispute, Shiv Sena President Uddhav Thackeray said: “This is a historic day and a golden moment for India”.
“An age-old controversy has ended… After years, justice has been finally delivered. All have accepted the judgement and we must all welcome it. I bow before the judiciary,” he said.
“Last year on November 24 (2018), I had gone to Ayodhya and performed an ‘aarti’ there. Before that, I had gone to Shivneri – the birthplace of Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj – and carried some soil from there to Ayodhya. I felt that soil to be magical and was confident a miracle would occur. It has happened in less than a year,” Thackeray recalled.
Post-verdict, he announced plans to go back to Shivneri in Pune district and offer prayers and return to Ayodhya on November 24 for thanksgiving after the apex court judgement.
“Today, we remember the late Balasaheb Thackeray. I will also go and meet (BJP leader) L. K. Advani. He played a very big role in the Ram temple movement. I am sure he must be very happy over today’s judgement,” Thackeray said.
Despite questioning by the media, the Sena chief decline to answer any political questions pertaining to the deadlock with the Bharatiya Janata Party over the government formation imbroglio in the state.
The Union Ministry of Information & Broadcasting has issued an advisory to all television channels and cable TV operators directing for strict adherence to the Programme Code during discussion, debates and reporting following the Supreme Court verdict on the Ayodhya dispute on Saturday.
As per sources, television channels have been asked to exercise utmost restraint while telecasting programmes pertaining to the Supreme Court verdict.
Congress General Secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra on Saturday urged the people to maintain the thousand-year-old tradition of unity and social harmony.
In a series of tweets, Priyanka Gandhi, who is also the in-charge for the eastern Uttar Pradesh said: “As you all know that today the Supreme Court verdict over Ayodhya is to come, we have to ensure that whatever be the decision of the court we all have the responsibility to maintain the thousand-year-old tradition of social harmony, unity and mutual love.”
She also said that this country is of Mahatma Gandhi and asked everyone to follow his message of peace and non-violence.
Amid deteriorating weather conditions as an impact of approaching very severe cyclonic storm Bulbul, West Bengal on Saturday remained peaceful and calm.
Amid rains and cloudy sky in the state’s southern districts, the streets had a vacant look with most of the schools remaining closed as a precautionary measure in view of the Bulbul related apprehensions, that also prompted many office-goers and service providers to remain indoors.
Police sources said there were no reports of any untoward incidents, but security was tight to prevent any breach of peace.
But many Hindus seemed happy at the turn of events.
“It is a question of national pride. The court verdict is proper and just,” said a shopkeeper in Bijoygarh in south Kolkata.
On Thursday, after an extended core committee meeting, Banerjee had told the media that only she, and “no one else”, will comment on the verdict when it comes.
Banerjee, one of the quickest among the country’s political leaders to take to Twitter on any important issue, has not posted anything on social media so far.
The Trinamool’s silence triggered sniggers from the BJP.
“The Trinamool remains silent whenever there is an issue concerning Indian culture, pride and tradition. They are mum on national right issues also. They were even practically silent on the surgical strikes, and the Pulwama terror attack.
“It is difficult for those people to react on this kind of developments Aas they are only obsessed with political spin-offs,” said state BJP president Dilip Ghosh.
The Supreme Court’s verdict has opened a Pandora’s box as it was based on the people’s belief, and the ‘heart burning judgement’ is full of contradictions, said M. H. Jawahirullah, President of the Manitheneya Makkal Katchi (MMK).
He also said the judgement has set the wrong precedent and may pave the way for such claims in other places like Mathura, Kashi and others.
“The Muslim community had faith in the country’s judicial system and had always approached the court in the Babri Masjid case. However, the Supreme Court judgement has disappointed us,” Jawahirullah said.
Jawahirullah said the judgement was also full of contradictions.
He referred to the point in which the Supreme Court said the destruction of the Babri Masjid on December 6, 1992, was an illegal act. The apex court also said that no temple was demolished to build the Babri Masjid.
“On the whole, it is a heart burning judgement which goes against the very idea of a secular India,” he said. (IANS)