All set for Ayodhya verdict

All set for Ayodhya verdict

All set for Ayodhya verdict
November 09
10:37 2019

At last nation hopes that there ill be a final solution to the six decade old Ayodhya tussle which has brought a wedge between Hindu and Muslim communities in the country . The Supreme Court after final round of 40 days of hearings is  poised  to deliver its verdict on the Ayodhya dispute today, ending decades of uncertainty on the issue and governments across country are fully geared with security arrangements to ensure against any backlash .

The decision was taken by Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi in consultation with four other judges deciding the case late on Friday evening. Massive security arrangements have been put in place to ensure that there is no backlash after the verdict. The five-judge constitution bench headed by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi had reserved the judgement on October 16 after a marathon hearing of 40 days. The other members of the bench are Justices SA Bobde, DY Chandrachud, Ashok Bhushan and S Abdul Nazeer.

At least 12,000 security personnel have been posted in Uttar Pradesh, where Ayodhya is situated, to ensure that no violence breaks out.

The Yogi Adityanath government in Uttar Pradesh has also ordered the closure of all schools, colleges, educational institutions and training centres in the state from today to Monday. Similar orders have been issued in Karnataka, Madhya Pradesh, Jammu. Delhi and Rajasthan too.

In a series of tweets in Hindi on Friday, the Prime Minister said that the “Ayodhya verdict will not be anybody’s victory or loss”, adding that it was the priority of the country’s citizens to maintain harmony..

The dispute over 2.77 acres of land in Ayodhya, claimed by both Hindus and Muslims, has dominated political discourse since the 1980s. While Hindu activists want to build a temple on the site, Muslim groups claim there is no proof that a temple existed there.

In 1992, rightwing activists tore down the 16th century Babri mosque which they believed was built on the ruins of an ancient temple that marked the birthplace of the Lord Ram. In the riots that followed, more than 2,000 people were killed.

An Allahabad High Court verdict prescribing a three-way division of the disputed land in September 2010 failed to satisfy the Sunni Waqf Board, the Nirmohi Akhara and Ram Lalla, the parties involved in the dispute. All three moved the Supreme Court. In an effort to ensure that violence doesn’t break out after the verdict, senior RSS and BJP leaders had held a meeting with prominent Muslim clerics and intellectuals recently with appeals to honour judgement and peace.

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