New Delhi | Jagran News Desk: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday termed the Supreme Court verdict on Ram Janmabhoomi-Babri Masjid title dispute as a “golden chapter in country’s judicial history”.

Addressing the nation, PM Modi hailed the citizens of India for accepting and welcoming the verdict, saying, “After the verdict, the way every section of society, of every religion, has welcomed it is a proof of India's ancient culture and tradition of social harmony.”

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

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Settling a fractious issue that goes back more than a century, the Supreme Court in a historic verdict on Saturday backed the construction of a Ram temple by a trust at the disputed site in Ayodhya, and ruled that an alternative five-acre plot must be found for a mosque in the Hindu holy town.

The verdict means that entire 2.77-acre disputed land has been given to Hindus for the construction of Ram Temple while Muslims have been given a 5-acre alternative land of their choice for the construction of mosque.

Modi said the way each section of the society welcomed the verdict reflects India's ancient traditions of amity and harmony. He said India's credo of unity in diversity is today visible in its totality.

He also expressed happiness that the five-judge bench of the top court was unanimous in its order.

He said peace, unity and amity are essential for development of India and described November 9 as a day to forget any bitterness one may have. He said there is no place for fear, bitterness and negativity in new India.

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Earlier today, PM Modi said that the Supreme Court verdict should not be seen as win or loss for anybody, and appealed to countrymen to maintain peace and harmony.

In a series of tweets in Hindi and English, PM Modi also asserted that the judgment clearly illustrates that everybody is equal before the law.

"Be it Ram Bhakti or Rahim Bhakti (devotion to Ram or Rahim), it is imperative that we strengthen the spirit of rashtra bhakti (devotion to the country)," he said, adding "the verdict shouldn't be seen as a win or loss for anybody."

Noting that the temple of justice (the apex court) has amicably concluded a matter going on for decades, he said the SC verdict will further strengthen people's faith in the judicial system.

"The calm and peace maintained by 130 crore Indians in the run-up to today's verdict manifests India's inherent commitment to peaceful coexistence. May this very spirit of unity and togetherness power the development trajectory of our nation. May every Indian be empowered," he said.

Every side, every point of view was given adequate time and opportunity to express differing points of view, he said.

"The judgment is notable as it highlights that any dispute can be amicably solved in the spirit of due process of law. It (the verdict) reaffirms the independence, transparency and farsightedness of our judiciary. May peace and harmony prevail," he tweeted.

Posted By: Abhinav Gupta