NEW DELHI: Wary of strong reactions to the Allahabad High Court judgment on Ayodhya dispute on September 24, the government on Thursday appealed for peace and tranquility, saying no attempt should be made by any section of people to provoke or hurt the sentiments of others.
With eight days to go for the verdict, the Union cabinet chaired by the Prime Minister, Dr Manmohan Singh met here and passed a resolution, appealing for peace after the judgment is pronounced.
“It goes without saying that the judgment needs to be treated with the utmost respect,” said the resolution passed by the cabinet and read out by the Information and Broadcasting Minister, Ms Ambika Soni to the media.
“At the same time, we must remember the fact that the judgment, at this stage, is one step in the judicial process. The determination of the issues need not necessarily end with this judgment unless it is accepted by all parties,” it said.
The government said, “In case any of the parties feels that further judicial consideration is required, there are legal remedies available which could be resorted to.”
Keeping this in mind, the government said it is necessary for all sections of the people of India to maintain equanimity and tranquility in the aftermath of the judgment.”
The resolution was passed against the backdrop of worries in the government that there could be a communal flare-up in the event of the High Court verdict on Ram Janambhoomi-Babri Masjid title suit going either way.
“There should be no attempt whatsoever made by any section of the people to provoke any other section or to indulge in any expression of emotion that would hurt the feelings of other people,” the cabinet resolution said.
The appeal came a day before the special bench of the High Court meets to make a last ditch effort to find an amicable solution to the Ayodhya case.
Top leaders of the RSS and the VHP on Thursday held a marathon meeting in Delhi to discuss the issue and decided not to adopt a hardline posture if the decision goes against construction of a temple at the disputed site. They favoured an amicable solution.
The VHP president, Mr Ashok Singhal and the general-secretary, Mr Pravin Togadia reached the RSS office here on Thursday morning and held discussions with the RSS chief, Mr Mohan Bhagwat.
Leading Islamic seminary Darul Uloom Deoband appealed to people to respect the verdict.
“We have full confidence in the judicial system of the country. We appeal to people to respect the verdict of the court and maintain peace and communal harmony in the country,” Seminary’s deputy vice-chancellor, Maulana Abdul Khalique Madrasi said in Muzaffarnagar.
Supporting the view of Deoband, Uttar Pradesh Imams’ Organisation president, Mufti Zulfikar Ali said, “We should respect the verdict and if any party is not satisfied with the judgment it could appeal to the Supreme Court.”
The Allahabad High Court will pronounce its judgment on the 60-year-old Ram Janmabhoomi-Babri Masjid title suit on September 24.
Before delivering its verdict, the special bench has called the lawyers of the parties to the dispute on Friday to find ways for resolving the case through reconciliation.
The government appealed to the people to ensure that the delivery of the judgment is seen in its “proper perspective as part of a judicial process” and maintain “peace and order” after it.
“It is important for all to ensure that the highest traditions of Indian culture and respect for all religious are fully maintained,” the cabinet resolution said.
Noting that the country is “firmly and resolutely” on the path of inclusive growth which is recognised all over the world, it said, “nothing must be said or done and nothing must happen that may cause us to deviate from our goals and our objectives.”