Prime Minister Narendra Modi, on the 6th of November, conducted a meeting with his Council of Ministers and asked them not to make remarks about the Ayodhya case.
During the meeting, Mr. Narendra Modi asked the ministers to maintain peace and avoid any unnecessary comments regarding the Babri Masjid-Ram Janmabhoomi case.
The meeting came ahead of the Ayodhya case hearing. The Supreme Court is expected to give its final verdict regarding the years long case before the 17th of November.
PM Modi chaired the meeting with the Council of Ministers on the evening of the 6th of November in Delhi. BJP leaders, ministers and other members were present during the meeting.
The BJP and its mentor, Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS,) also directed RSS cadres and BJP cadres not to celebrate the victory if the Supreme Court’s verdict is in favour of the Hindu parties. The Babri Masjid-Ram Janmabhoomi is a sensitive case between two religions. The case started in 1992 after a few Hindu activists broke down the Babri Masjid, which was built in 1528 on the orders of Mughals. The Hindu activists believed the Babri Masjid was constructed on the land where Lord Ram was born, hence there should be a Ram temple instead of a masjid. On the other hand, the Muslim community protested the Hindus’ act of demolishing the Babri Masjid.
Since 1992, the case is pending in the Court and both the communities are trying to reclaim the piece of land in Ayodhya, Uttar Pradesh.
On the 5th of November, senior RSS and BJP leaders also met prominent Muslim leaders and at the residence of Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi, a Union Minister. During the meeting, the RSS leaders urged the Muslim leaders not to celebrate if the verdict of the SC is in their favour. The RSS leaders said there should not be “junooni jashn” (excessive celebration) or “haar ka hungama” (brouhaha over defeat.)
The final verdict regarding the Ayodhya land dispute case is expected to be made before the 17th of November, as Ranjan Gogoi, the Chief Justice of India (CJI,) is going to retire on this day.
Stay tuned for further updates.