Defence Minister Rajnath Singh described the Ayodhya judgement pronounced by the Supreme Court on Saturday as “historic”. He termed it as a “landmark judgement”. Contending that this would strengthen ‘Sarva Dharma Sama Bhava’, he added that the relations between the people would improve. Singh not only appealed for peace but also mentioned that the verdict should not be considered as someone’s victory or loss. He also called for the SC judgement to be respected.
Singh remarked, “I term the Supreme Court verdict in the Ramjanmabhoomi case as ‘historic’. I look at this as a landmark judgement. I believe that this will help strengthen ‘Sarva Dharma Sama Bhava’. Along with this, the relations between people will improve. I want to appeal to everyone that on this occasion, peace should be maintained. And this verdict should not be considered as someone’s defeat or victory. Because it is the verdict of the Supreme court, it should be respected in a ‘supreme’ way.”
There has been a longstanding legal dispute about the ownership of land in Ayodhya, which is considered as the birthplace of Lord Ram. The Allahabad High Court gave its judgement in 2010 regarding this disputed territory. It partitioned the 2.77 acre land among the Sunni Waqf Board, the Nirmohi Akhara and Ram Lalla. 14 appeals were filed in the SC against the Allahabad High Court judgement. The SC in its verdict directed the Centre to formulate a scheme within three months which will be responsible for building a temple. On the other hand, the SC ordered that an alternative land of five acres in Ayodhya would be given to the Sunni Central Waqf Board for the construction of a mosque. Moreover, the claims put forth by Nirmohi Akhara and the Sunni Central Waqf Board were dismissed. Also, the court concluded that the three-way bifurcation by the Allahabad High Court was “legally unsustainable”.