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Ayodhya verdict: Narendra Modi asks people to ‘shun negativity and bitterness’, praises judges

Modi said India’s ‘unity in diversity’ was visible following the verdict, as all sections of society had accepted it with ‘open hearts’.

Ayodhya verdict: Narendra Modi asks people to ‘shun negativity and bitterness’, praises judges
A screengrab of Prime Minister Narendra Modi addressing the nation on Saturday. | Narendra Modi/Twitter

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday asked people to “shun negativity and bitterness” for the sake of a new India, PTI reported. He made these remarks referring to the Supreme Court’s judgement in the Ayodhya land dispute case.

Earlier on Saturday, the Supreme Court had ruled that the disputed land in Ayodhya would be given to a trust, which could then begin the construction of a Ram temple. The court ordered the government to form the trust within three months. It also said that a mosque will be built at an alternative site in Ayodhya, on five acres of land.

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“The whole country wanted that the Ayodhya case be heard daily, which happened and today a verdict has been delivered,” the prime minister said. “This case, which was going on for decades, has concluded finally.”

Modi said India’s “unity in diversity” was visible following the verdict, as all sections of society had accepted it with “open hearts”. The prime minister added that the way each section of the society welcomed the verdict reflects India’s ancient traditions of amity and harmony. Modi also expressed happiness that the five-judge bench of the court was unanimous in its order.

“Today is November 9, the day when the Berlin Wall was brought down,” Modi said. “Today the Kartarpur corridor was also inaugurated. Now the Ayodhya verdict, so this date gives us the message to stay united and move forward.” The Berlin Wall had been brought down by protestors in erstwhile Communist East Germany on November 9, 1989. It separated East Berlin, which was in the Soviet sphere of influence, from West Berlin, considered a part of West Germany.

Modi said the court has shown strong will power by giving this verdict, and so the judges deserve praise. “Even though this dispute affected multiple generations, we must resolve after this verdict that the new generation will start afresh on building a new India,” he said. The prime minister added that the day’s message is to live together.

The prime minister also urged all Indians to now focus on their duties and responsibilities to the country. He said harmony, peace and unity are essential for building the nation.

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