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Modi post-Ayodhya verdict: Now focus on nation-building

The centuries' old Ayodhya dispute has been settled, Prime Minister Modi said, thanking people for accepting the verdict and maintaining peace

Prime Minister Narendra Modi addressed the nation on Saturday evening after the Supreme Court verdict on Ayodhya. The prime minister said there was a history of hundreds of years behind the dispute. “It was the wish of the whole country that the matter be heard every day in court. And today they arrived at the decision,” Modi said.

The prime minister said that the process of justice that lasted decades has concluded. “The whole world believes that India is the largest democratic country in the world. After the judgment, the way people of every class have accepted it with an open heart, it shows the tradition of India,” Modi said.

The Prime Minister said that during the hearing in the Ayodhya case, the Supreme Court heard everyone. “It is a matter of happiness for the country that the verdict was unanimous. Even if there is a small issue in a family, solving it becomes a problem. Today is 9 November; it’s the same day when the Berlin Wall fell. Two opposite streams united and took a new resolution. Today, the Kartarpur Corridor was inaugurated. Both India and Pakistan have contributed to this. This date is giving us a message to move forward together.”

Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s address to the nation after the Supreme Court verdict on the Ram Janmabhoomi-Babri Masjid dispute

Modi said, “Today’s date gives the message that there is no place for bitterness. It is important to maintain patience in every situation. This decision of the court has brought a new dawn for us. This dispute has affected many generations. But we have to take a pledge now that we build a new India.”

“We have to move forward by taking everyone along, gaining everyone’s trust. The Supreme Court has given the verdict to build Ram temple. Now the responsibility of nation-building has increased on every citizen of the country,” the prime minister said.

Modi said, “We have to keep working for an India of the future. There are many challenges before India. There are other floors too. Together every Indian will achieve these goals.”

Earlier, the Prime Minister had tweeted yesterday, ‘Whatever the Supreme Court decides on Ayodhya, it will not be a victory or defeat of anyone. My appeal to the countrymen is that it should be the priority of all of us that this decision should further strengthen the great tradition of peace, unity and goodwill of India.” This was posted on Twitter in Hindi.

Today, however, he posted his messages in Hindi as well as English.

The Supreme Court on Saturday unanimously gave the verdict regarding the disputed site in Ayodhya. The decision of the apex court has cleared the way for the construction of a Ram temple on the plot that was disputed until today. The apex court directed the central government to provide a 5-acre plot of land at a prominent place to the Sunni Waqf Board for the construction of the new mosque.

The top court termed the Allahabad High Court’s decision to divide the disputed land into three parties as “irrational”. Finally, the Supreme Court ruled in favour of Ram Lalla Virajman.

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