Shah: Ev­ery­one will have to ac­cept SC’s ver­dict on Ay­o­d­hya

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Ranchi: Home min­is­ter Amit Shah on Wed­nes­day said ev­ery­one will have to ac­cept the Supreme Court’s ver­dict in the Ram Jan­mab­hoomi-Babri Masjid dis­pute case, which is be­ing heard on a daily ba­sis by the apex court.

Shah’s state­ment as­sumes sig­nif­i­cance as the SC on Wed­nes­day said it wants to con­clude the hear­ing by Oc­to­ber 18 and the ver­dict is likely by Novem­ber 17, the day CJI Ran­jan Go­goi re­tires.

Re­spond­ing to a ques­tion on the govern­ment’s pre­pared­ness to build the Ram tem­ple and tackle law and or­der sit­u­a­tions, if any, Shah said, “I don’t have to build the tem­ple, the trust will do so de­pend­ing on the ver­dict. Any mat­ter reaches the court only when there is a dis­pute. When the ver­dict comes, some may like it, and some may not. But in the end, ev­ery­one has to ac­cept the ver­dict.”

Speak­ing at a con­clave or­gan­ised by a ver­nac­u­lar daily in Ranchi, Shah said, “The SC func­tions on its own and not at any­one’s whims and fan­cies. The Ay­o­d­hya ver­dict would have come a long time back but the Congress party and its leader Kapil Sibal had pleaded in the court to halt the hear­ing till the gen­eral elec­tions were over. Now, reg­u­lar hearings have re­sumed and the ver­dict is ex­pected to come soon.”

Re­act­ing to a ques­tion on the govern­ment’s fo­cus on Ay­o­d­hya since the last three years in terms of de­vel­op­ment work there, Shah said it de­pends on how one sees it. “We are equally de­vel­op­ing all re­li­gious places be it Baba Baidyanath tem­ple, Som­nath or Vin­desh­wari,” he added.

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