Security tightened across country; home ministry advises states to be on alert
New Delhi: The Supreme Court will pronounce the much-awaited verdict on the Ayodhya title suit on Saturday, almost a decade after the Allahabad High Court had partitioned the disputed site in the ratio of 2:1 between Hindu and Muslim litigants. Both sides had then moved the top court against the judgment.
The ruling is expected to impact the course of politics in the country, given that the Ram Janmabhoomi issue is a cornerstone of the Hindutva movement and one of the longstanding pledges of the ruling BJP. It will also likely define the future of the relationship between the two communities.
The country was put on alert to prevent religious violence that could erupt following the verdict in an emotive issue that has led to some of the worst riots India has seen over the past decades. The chief justice himself held meetings with UP officials in this regard. Hindu groups say the Babri Masjid, which stood on the site and was brought down on December 6, 1992, was built after demolishing an ancient temple that stood at the birth place of Lord Ram.
In the high court decision, the deity itself, Ram Lalla, and the Nirmohi Akhara, got twothirds, including the land on which the structure stood.
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