Tribune News Service
New Delhi, November 9
Veteran Bharatiya Janata Party leader LK Advani, a key leader of the Ram Janmabhoomi movement, said he “wholeheartedly welcomed the historic judgement” in the Ayodhya issue and that he stood “vindicated”.
The 92-year-old BJP veteran, along with other senior leaders of the party like Murli Manohar Joshi, is currently facing charges for mobilising a mob that tore down the 16th Century mosque Babri Masjid—an incident triggered communal riots in parts of the country. In his first reaction to the verdict, Advani said: “I stand vindicated, and feel deeply blessed, that the Supreme Court has given its unanimous verdict paving the way for the construction of a magnificent temple for Lord Ram at Ramjanmabhhomi in Ayodhya”.
“I have always stressed that Ram and Ramayana occupy an esteemed place in India’s cultural and civilisational heritage and Ramjanmabhoomi holds a special and sacred place in the hearts of crores of our countrymen in India and abroad. Therefore, it is gratifying that their belief and sentiments have been respected."
“I also welcome the apex court’s decision that five acres of land be given at a prominent place for the building of a mosque in Ayodhya. Today’s judgement is the culmination of a long and contentious process that played itself out in various forums—both judicial and non-judicial—in the past many decades."
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