India's Supreme Court ruled Saturday that a disputed piece of land in the town of Ayodhya be given to Hindus, paving the way for the building of a Hindu temple at the site where a mosque once stood for Muslim worshippers. All faiths have flourished in the Indian sub-continent and they will continue to practice and profess their religion as per the judgment of the Supreme Court.
Indian authorities on Saturday (Nov 9) ramped up security across the country for a Supreme Court ruling on a holy site contested for centuries by Hindus and Muslims, which in 1992 sparked some of the deadliest sectarian violence since independence.
Thousands of paramilitaries have already been sent to the northern city. There were no immediate reports of unrest.
He had earlier tweeted that the verdict should not be seen as "a win or loss for anybody".
"May peace and harmony prevail!"
He said Bharatiya Janata Party was sowing the seeds of hatred with its politics of hatred.
The BJP has campaigned for years for a temple to be built at Ayodhya, and a verdict clearing the way for that would be a major victory for the 69-year-old Modi, just months into his second term.
The headline reads: 'India's top court hands bitterly disputed Ayodhya site to Hindus'. "These things don't work forever".
The AIMIM chief also lambasted the Congress for welcoming the verdict and backing the construction of the Ram temple.
Now, in a 40-day marathon daily hearing on the matter, all parties have presented their arguments to a Supreme Court Constitutional Bench, headed by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi and comprising Justices SA Bobde (CJI elect), DY Chandrachud, Ashok Bhushan and S Abdul Nazeer.
Owaisi, who has been critical of the Sangh Parivar from the beginning, said that Muslims don't need the 5-acre land awarded by the Supreme Court as a donation.
"The country is now moving towards becoming a Hindu nation", Asaduddin Owaisi, an influential Muslim opposition politician, told reporters.
Modi's party hailed the ruling as a "milestone".
The Sunni Muslim group involved in the case said it would likely file a review petition, which could trigger another protracted legal battle.
One of the Muslims groups fighting the case indicated they may appeal the verdict.
After the demolition of the mosque, Hindus and Muslims took the issue to a lower court, which in 2010 ruled that the disputed land should be divided into three parts - two for Hindus and one for Muslims.
"Special vigil is being maintained on more than 670 people on social media and if the situation worsens, internet services will be shut down to check spread of rumours", the official said. Issuing an advisory about posting adequate security at sensitive places, the Ministry of Home Affairs has asked them to ensure "no untoward incident takes place anywhere" following the verdict. "The disputed site is the birthplace of Lord Ram", he said.
"The rising tide of extremist ideology in India, based on the belief of Hindu supremacy and exclusion, is a threat to regional peace and stability", the press release said.