Ayodhya Verdict Quotes: From PM Narendra Modi to Amit Shah and Other Key Leaders, Who Said What on the Supreme Court Judgment
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New Delhi, November 9: The five-judge Constitution Bench of the Supreme Court, led by Chief Justice of India (CJI) Ranjan Gogoi, has pronounced its verdict in the 134-year-old Ayodhya land dispute. The apex judicial body has decided to hand over the possession of the disputed site to the Ram Janmabhoomi Nyas. The Centre has been tasked to constitute a trust which will build a temple at the disputed site, but only on the condition of assigning a 5-acre alternative land in Ayodhya to the Sunni Waqf Board for building a mosque. Highlights of the Supreme Court Judgement in the Ayodhya Case.

The verdict comes amid a state of heightened security in all parts of the nation, particularly Uttar Pradesh which is the epicentre of the matter. Section 144 of the CrPC, barring the assembly of four or more persons, has been imposed in UP to prevent the vitiation of all law and order. Schools and colleges have been closed in the state, along with Madhya Pradesh, Delhi and Karnataka, till Monday.

Ayodhya Verdict Quotes

Top political leaders including Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Union Home Minister Amit Shah are expected to issue their statement on the SC judgment, appealing for peace and calm. The Opposition leaders will also be stressing on communal harmony and acceptance of the apex court verdict by all parties involved.

Narendra Modi, Prime Minister: "The Supreme Court has pronounced its verdict. This should not be seen as anyone's victory or loss. Whether it Ram-Bhakti or Rahim-Bhakti, it is essential to strengthen the sentiment of Bharat-Bhakti. I appeal all countrymen to maintain, peace, harmony and unity."

Amit Shah, Union Home Minister: The BJP president has welcomed the apex court verdict in the case, expressing hope that it will finally end the decades-old dispute over the site. He appealed all religious communities to consolidate the nation's unity by peacefully accepting the Supreme Court's "historic" judgment.

Rajnath Singh, Defence Minister: "It is a landmark judgement. Appeal to public to maintain peace and calm."

Priyanka Gandhi, General Secretary, Congress: "Supreme Court verdict should be accepted by all groups, communities and citizens. We should be united in strengthening our tradition of communal harmony, unity and brotherhood."

Nitin Gadkari, Union Minister: "The Supreme Court has taken the decision and issued the verdict. Every should accept it and maintain peace and harmony."

Nitish Kumar, Chief Minister, Bihar: "Supreme Court's judgement should be welcomed by everyone, it will be beneficial for the social harmony. There should be no further dispute on this issue, that is my appeal to the people."

Randeep Surjewala, Spokesperson, Congress: "Supreme Court's verdict has come, we are in favour of the construction of Ram Temple. This judgement not only opened the doors for the temple's construction but also closed the doors for BJP and others to politicise the issue."

Mohan Bhagwat, Sarsanghchalak, RSS: "We welcome this decision of Supreme Court. This case was going on for decades and it has reached the right conclusion. This should not be seen as a win or loss. We also welcome everyone's efforts to maintain peace and harmony in society."

Iqbal Ansari, Litigant, Muslim Side: "I am happy that Supreme Court has finally delivered a verdict, I respect the judgement of the court."

Zafaryab Jilani, Lawyer, Babri Action Committee: "Order has a lot of contradictions. 5-acre of land holds no value for us. We respect the judgement but we are not satisfied, we will decide further course of action."

Kartik Chopra, spokesperson, Nirmohi Akhara: "Nirmohi Akhara is grateful that SC has recognised our fight of last 150 years and has given the Nirmohi Akhara adequate representation in the trust to be set up by the Central Government to build and manage the Shri Ram Janmasthan Temple."

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

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Shortly before the judgment was announced by the top court, Home Minister Amit Shah had chaired a meeting of top officials to review the security situation. The Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) has directed all states to increase police deployments in sensitive pockets. The security agencies have also been tasked to monitor the use of social media, as miscreants, anti-social elements and vested groups are feared to use messaging applications to circulate rumours and hate speech.