Hailing the Supreme Court's Ayodhya verdict, former Congress president Rahul Gandhi on Saturday, tweeted that one must respect the apex court's verdict. He appealed to everyone to maintain peace and brotherhood, adding it was time for faith and love to prevail among Indians. This is similar to his party's official stance on the verdict.
सुप्रीम कोर्ट ने अयोध्या मुद्दे पर अपना फैसला सुना दिया है। कोर्ट के इस फैसले का सम्मान करते हुए हम सब को आपसी सद्भाव बनाए रखना है। ये वक्त हम सभी भारतीयों के बीच बन्धुत्व,विश्वास और प्रेम का है।— Rahul Gandhi (@RahulGandhi) November 9, 2019
Earlier in the day, accepting the Supreme Court's unanimous verdict on the Ayodhya case, Congress Spokesperson Randeep Surjewala stated that the grand old party was in favour of the construction of Ram Temple, at a press briefing. Taking a jibe at the BJP, he added that the unanimous verdict closed the doors for the saffron party to politicise the issue. He also stated that the verdict open doors for constructing the temple at the then-disputed land.
Prior to the verdict, the party's General Secretary KC Venugopal had instructed its members to strictly adhere to the party's official statement on the Supreme verdict. The party's official statement says, ' The Indian National Congress respects the verdict of the Supreme Court in the Ayodhya case'. It also urged all parties to maintain peace and harmony, as per the Constitution.
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 central govt or the State govt, 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.