Prime Minister Narendra Modi in a televised address to the nation on Saturday evening hailed the conclusion of the Ayodhya title dispute through the Supreme Court's verdict. He exhaled his pride in India's democratic system and the role the judiciary played in it today. The Supreme Court in a landmark event delivered a unanimous judgment in the Ayodhya title suit, awarding the entire disputed area to the Hindu parties for the construction of a temple while directing the government to provide alternate 5-acre land to the Muslims to build a mosque.
"The world knows that India is the largest democracy. Today, the world witnessed how strong and alive India's democracy is. After the verdict, the way every section of society, of every religion, has welcomed it is a proof of India's ancient culture and tradition of social harmony," said Prime Minister Narendra Modi in his near eleven minute address to citizens.
PM Modi on Saturday visited Punjab to inaugurate the Integrated Check Post of the Kartarpur corridor which will be the gateway for Sikhs from India to go on pilgrimage to Gurdwara Darbar Sahib in Pakistan's Kartarpur. It was during this time in the morning that the landmark verdict of the apex court arrived at around 11. PM Modi had consistently maintained that the solution to the Ayodhya dispute lies with the Supreme Court. In his evening address, he hailed the contribution of the judiciary in furthering democracy and upholding social harmony.
"The halls of justice have amicably concluded a matter going on for decades. Every side, every point of view was given adequate time and opportunity to express differing points of view. This verdict will further increase people’s faith in judicial processes," PM Modi had tweeted on Saturday afternoon in his initial reaction to the verdict.
SC’s Ayodhya Judgment is notable because:— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) November 9, 2019
It highlights that any dispute can be amicably solved in the spirit of due process of law.
It reaffirms the independence, transparency and farsightedness of our judiciary.
It clearly illustrates everybody is equal before the law.
Pronouncing the landmark judgment in the Ayodhya dispute case, the Supreme Court on Saturday, delivered a unanimous judgment in the title suit of the disputed area awarding it to the Hindu parties for the construction of a temple. It also directed the Centre to come up with a scheme within three months to set up a trust which will hand over the outer courtyard and inner courtyard of the site for construction of a temple. Apart from this, the SC stated that an alternate land of 5 acres is to be allotted to Muslims for the liberty of constructing a mosque, either by the Centre or the state, in a suitable and prominent place in Ayodhya. CJI Ranjan Gogoi, while delivering the unanimous judgment, dismissed the claims of the Sunni Central Waqf Board and the Nirmohi Akhara. He also termed that the three-way division of the disputed land by the Allahabad HC in its 2010 verdict is wrong.