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Message that goes out today is that of unity, togetherness: PM Modi on Ayodhya verdict

FIle photo of Narendra Modi. Photograph:( WION )

WION Web Team New Delhi, India Nov 09, 2019, 06.09 PM (IST) Edited By: Sparshita Saxena

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday addressed the nation on the landmark Ayodhya verdict. The prime minister said that the "people of India have accepted the verdict with an open heart".

"The people of the country wanted the case to be heard every day," he stated. 

PM Modi said that the country is known for its ethos of "unity in diversity" and the acceptance of the verdict today illustrates the same sentiment. 

"Today, India has added a golden chapter in its history with the announcement of this historic judgement," the prime minister said adding that the verdict was a "unanimous decision". 

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"The message that goes out today through this judgement is the one of unity and living in togetherness and harmony," PM Modi said. 

"There is no place for fear, bitterness and negativity in 'New India'," the prime minister said.
 
"Today is 9th November, the day when the Berlin wall was brought down. Today the Kartarpur Corridor was also inaugurated. Now the Ayodhya verdict, so this date gives us the message to stay united and move forward," he stated. 

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The Supreme Court on Saturday directed the Central government to give five acres of suitable land to Sunni Waqf Board and also make necessary arrangements for the construction of the temple at the disputed site by forming a trust.

"Central government shall form in three to four months a scheme for setting up of a trust. They shall make necessary arrangements for the management of trust and construction of the temple," Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi said while reading out the verdict.

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He said that the possession of the inner and outer courtyard shall be handed over to the trust.

"A suitable plot of land measuring five-acre shall be handed over to Sunni Waqf Board," said the apex court.

A five-judge constitution bench presided by Chief Justice Gogoi pronounced the verdict on a batch of petitions against an order of the Allahabad High Court which trifurcated the site between the parties -- Ramlalla Virajman, Sunni Central Waqf Board and Nirmohi Akhara.

A decade-long legal dispute was being fought by right-wing party Hindu Mahasabha, a sect of Hindu monks Nirmohi Akhara and Muslim Waqf Board over 2.77 acres of land in Ayodhya. The dispute is expected to come to an end with the decision of the top court. 

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PM Modi said that the country is known for its ethos of "unity in diversity" and the acceptance of the verdict today illustrates the same sentiment.