Modi comments SC’s verdict is accountability for nation-building, Muslim leaders say “acceptable to us”

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NEW DELHI:  Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has said the Supreme Court has given its verdict on the construction of Ram temple at Ayodhya and the decision has made it incumbent on all citizens to take the responsibility of nation-building more seriously.  

“The Supreme Court has given its decision on the construction of Ram Mandir. This decision has made it incumbent upon all citizens to take our responsibility of nation-building even more seriously,” the Prime Minister said in his address to the nation.

Telangana, Nov 09 (ANI): AIMIM chief and Lok Sabha MP from Hyderabad Asaduddin Owaisi addresses media after the Ayodhya Verdict, in Hyderabad on Saturday. (ANI Photo)

He said that as citizens, it is incumbent upon the people to follow the law of the land and its rules and regulations. 

“As a society, each and every Indian must work by prioritising our duties and responsibilities. The harmony, brotherhood, friendship, unity, and peace among us all, is very important for the nation’s development. Only if we Indians, work together and walk onwards together, will we be able to achieve our goals and objectives,” he said. 

He said the manner in which every section of society, every community, every religion, the entire nation has embraced the verdict with open arms was a manifestation of India’s age-old ethos, culture, traditions as well as our inherent spirit of brotherhood.

Shahi Imam

Shahi Imam of Jama Masjid here Syed Ahmed Bukhari on Saturday said that he has always maintained that he will accept the Supreme Court’s verdict on Ayodhya Ram Janmabhoomi-Babri Masjid title dispute. “We have always maintained that we will accept the verdict of the Supreme Court. Muslims of India have also believed so and they have accepted the decision of the top court,” Bukhari told ANI.

“People have suffered loss and faced difficulties due to this dispute. With the Supreme Court’s verdict today, people are relieved now. I hope the country will move towards the path of development,” he said.

On asked about the review petition on this verdict of the top court, Bukhari said: “As far as filing a review petition is concerned, I don’t agree with it.”

Jamiat Ulama-i-Hind

The Jamiat Ulama-i-Hind (JUH) on Saturday appealed to the Muslims community to maintain peace and harmony in the country. JUH president Maulana Syed Arshad Madani said that the organisation has legally fought for justice till the end using the rights given to us in the Constitution of India.

New Delhi, Nov 09 (ANI): Shahi Imam of Jama Masjid Syed Ahmed Bukhari (C) addresses media after the Ayodhya Verdict at his residence in New Delhi on Saturday. A five-judge bench of the Supreme Court including Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi delivered the verdict in Ayodhya land case. (ANI Photo)

He said the JUH had appointed prominent lawyers of the country; evidence had been collected and the translated ancient documents presented in the court.

“We did what we could. We made the best possible efforts. We were hopeful that the decision would be in our favor,” said Madani.

Asaduddin Owaisi

Reacting to verdict, AIMIM president Asaduddin Owaisi said that faith had triumphed over facts. “I am now afraid that there are many masjids in the country where Sangh Parivar claims that there was a temple long time back and they can use this. In this verdict, faith has triumphed over facts,” said Owaisi while speaking to media persons.

“Though Supreme Court has talked about the 1991 Act (Places of Worship Act) in their verdict and we hope that when this judgement is applied in Kashi and Teele Wali Masjid in Lucknow, the courts will accept what the Supreme Court has said about the 1991 act,” he added.