In the final days before the Supreme Court’s expected verdict on the Ayodhya issue, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday recalled how the “government, political parties, social organisations, civil society, representatives of all sects” prevented attempts to create fissures in 2010, when the Allahabad High Court delivered its ruling in the case.
While Modi did not mention the impending Supreme Court ruling, his reference to the issue seemed to be a veiled suggestion to abide by the court’s order. The five-judge bench headed by CJI Ranjan Gogoi, which reserved its verdict on October 16 after conclusion of the 40-day hearing, is expected to deliver its judgment by mid-November, before the CJI retires on November 17.
“I remember that day (September 30, 2010, when the Allahabad High Court ruled) vividly… I feel happy that the dignity of the judiciary was proudly honoured, and no allowance for any heated discourse or tension was made anywhere. These incidents should always be remembered as they impart a lot of strength. That day, that moment, instills in us a sense of duty. It is an example of how the voice of unity can bestow strength upon our country,” Modi said in his Mann Ki Baat address on Sunday.
“On the one hand, the machinations went on to generate tension for week or two, but, when the decision was taken on Ram Janmabhoomi, the government, political…