Ahead of the Supreme Court (SC) verdict on Saturday in the Babri Masjid-Ram Janmabhoomi dispute at Ayodhya, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday called upon the people to maintain peace and unity. Through a thread comprising three tweets written in Hindi, Modi said no matter what the verdict is, it won’t be anybody’s win or loss.
Modi said the dignity of the court was of utmost importance. He praised the restraint shown by various communities while the SC heard the matter. He asked the people to show the same restraint and harmony after the verdict too.
He appealed to the people to ensure that the judgement strengthens the peace, unity and integrity of the country.
A five-judge bench comprising Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi, justices SA Bobde, DY Chandrachud, Ashok Bhushan and SA Nazeer will deliver the all-important judgement at 1030 am.
The SC order will mark the culmination of a case that has divided Hindus and Muslims over several decades. The dispute centres around a Ram temple that the Hindus claim existed before Mughal emperor Babar’s men razed it and built a mosque on it in 1528.
The five-judge bench was set up earlier this year to rule on a batch of appeals against a 2010 Allahabad high court judgement. The original verdict ordered the division of the disputed 2.77 acres of land in Ayodhya into three equal parts to be divided among the Sunni Waqf Board, the Nirmohi Akhara, a religious denomination; and the Ram Lalla Virajman, which represents the child deity Ram.