Ram temple issue: PM calls for respect to judiciary

Ram temple issue: PM calls for respect to judiciary

Agency News

New Delhi, Oct 27: Days ahead of the verdict from the Supreme Court on Ram Janmabhoomi-Babri Masjid dispute of Ayodhya, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday underlined on the importance of reposing faith and respect for judiciary and unity among the people.

"I remember that day vividly. And whenever I do that, I get happy that the dignity of the judiciary was very proudly honoured and no allowance for any heated discourse or tension was made anywhere," his monthly radio broadcast programme 'Mann Ki Baat' through All India Radio in reference to September 30, 2010 verdict of the Lucknow bench of the Allahabad High Court.

Mr Modi said on the eve of the verdict (in 2010), tension was being felt in various parts of the country but once the verdict came, people applied restrains and all stakeholders contributed their part to keep things calm and peaceful. "....Tanav ka mahol nahi ban na dene chahiye (We should not allow tension to build up when such situations come)," the Prime Minister said.

"Thanks to the people of India, social organisations, saints, seers and leaders of all faiths, it became a day that furthered unity and the judiciary was also respected," Mr Modi further said. "These incidents (restrains and calm) should always be remembered as they impart us a lot of strength. That day, that moment, instills in us all a sense of duty. It is an example of how the voice of unison can bestow strength upon our country," Prime Minister stated.

Mr Modi's remarks have special significance as the Supreme Court verdict on the dispute in Ayodhya was expected in November. The five-judge Constitution bench of the Supreme Court, headed by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi on October 16 reserved its judgment, after a marathon 40-day hearing in the case and is expected to deliver the verdict in November.

The apex court was hearing the case from August 6 this year on a day-to-day basis after the mediation failed. Making a veiled attack on those who tried to steal limelight on the eve of the verdict in 2010, Mr Modi said, "You could jog your memory a bit and reflect about the atmosphere then. Various kinds of people took to the arena. Various interest groups were playing games to take advantage of that situation. The kind of language that was spoken in order to generate tension will be there in the atmosphere. Some of the loudmouths and the braggarts had the sole intention of hogging the spotlight at that time".

However, he added that the delivery of the court’s decision generated a pleasant and surprising change of mood in the country. The Allahabad High Court had ordered division of the 2.77 acres of the disputed land at Ayodhya into three equal parts between Ram Lalla, Sunni Waqf Board and Nirmohi Akhara. (UNI)