SC verdict not a win or loss for anybody: PM
No place for bitterness, fear in new India
New Delhi: Asserting that the Supreme Court verdict on the Ayodhya issue has heralded a "new dawn", Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday said it should not be seen as win or loss for anyone, as the judgement evoked mixed reactions with the BJP, its allies as well as the Congress hailing the ruling.
"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)," the prime minister tweeted soon after the judgement was pronounced, adding "the verdict shouldn't be seen as a win or loss for anybody."
In his address to the nation later on Saturday evening, Modi noted that the Berlin Wall was brought down on November 9, 1989, bringing two contrasting ideologies together as he called for countrymen to join hands to move forward and appealed for peace and amity.
Referring to the dispute, the prime minister said the judgment has heralded a "new dawn" for the people. "The dispute may have affected several generations, but after the judgment we have to take a pledge that the new generation will work for the creation of a new India with a fresh spirit," he said.
"For the Indian judiciary, it is a golden day. The Supreme Court heard everyone with patience and delivered a unanimous verdict," Modi said in his 11-minute-long address.
BJP working president Jagat Prakash Nadda said his party has always been committed to the construction of the Ram temple in Ayodhya and it played a "sincere and positive" role on the issue.
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