Prior to the crucial hearing of the Ayodhya case, the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) held a news briefing in Bhubaneswar, Odisha. Senior RSS leader Manmohan Vaidya in a statement said that the Ayodhya case is a matter of faith and even the RSS is eagerly waiting for a solution.
Addressing a question if the Ayodhya case was a political issue, the Senior RSS leader stated, “This is not a political issue, the Ram Mandir issue is not a political issue and this has to do with the faith of Hindu society.” The Senior RSS leader compared it with Article 370 and added, “Even Article 370 was not a political issue, the Article in itself was a temporary article and in 1964 all the political parties had requested for its removal. In 1994, during the Narasimha Rao government, all the parties had taken a unanimous decision that Jammu and Kashmir should be totally integrated into India and at the time was the national consensus and there was no debate on the issue and even Ram Mandir, there is no national consensus and it is the issue of complete faith. (sic)" He further stated, “As far as Supreme Court proceedings are concerned, the judgement will come out soon and we hope that a final conclusion is reached.”
Chief Justice of India, Ranjan Gogoi said that the hearing in the Ram Mandir-Babri Masjid land title dispute will end on Wednesday, which will be the 40th day of the hearing. Gogoi, on Tuesday said, "Today is the 39th day. Tomorrow is the 40th day and last day of hearing in the case." The hearing in the case resumed on October 14, after a week-long Dusshera break.
The Supreme Court had, in July, asked the mediation panel to submit a final report on the mediation between the two parties, and in case if that fails, the apex court would begin daily hearing of the case. The mediation did not plan out and the Supreme Court thus went ahead with the day-to-day hearing. The hearings started on August 6, 2019, and a five-judge bench presided over the meetings. The five-judge bench included - CJI Ranjan Gogoi, Justices SA Bobde, DY Chandrachud, Ashok Bhushan and S Abdul Nazeer. The Apex court has asked for mediation panels to work on a solution on multiple occasions even during the proceedings, but a solution could not be reached between the parties.