Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday, 9 November, hailed the Supreme Court verdict on Ayodhya as historic and called it “a golden day in the history of India and Indian judiciary.” He urged all citizens to come together to build a New India and work for everyone’s development.
The Supreme Court in its verdict on the protracted Ayodhya Ram Mandir-Babri Masjid case ruled unanimously on 9 November in favour of the Hindu side. The SC ordered the government to allot a five-acre plot elsewhere for the Muslims where a new mosque can be built. The verdict, which strangely does not mention any authors, was delivered by a five-member Constitution bench led by Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi, and four other judges: SA Bobde, DY Chandrachud, Ashok Bhushan and S Abdul Nazeer.
The Prime Minster said, “Today, on 9th November, the Kartarpur corridor has begun. In this corridor, there have been efforts from India and efforts from Pakistan. And now, with today’s verdict on Ayodhya, this date – the 9th of November – teaches us the power of staying united and growing together.”
He said that the Supreme Court heard everyone with much patience and delivered a unanimous verdict, showing its tremendous resolve. “With today’s verdict, the Honourable Supreme Court has given a message that even the toughest issues can be resolved within the framework of the Constitution and in spirit of the laws. We should learn from this verdict that even if there is some delay, we should remain patient. This is in everyone’s interest. In every situation, our faith in India’s constitution, India’s judicial system must remain unwavering. This is very important.”
Modi also said that the Supreme Court has given its decision on the construction of Ram Mandir and this decision has made it incumbent upon all us citizens to take our responsibility of nation building even more seriously. He added that the harmony, brotherhood, friendship, unity and peace amongst citizens, is very important for the nation’s development.
View Prime Minister Modi’s address to the nation here: