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Hours after historic Supreme Court verdict on Ayodhya, PM Modi addresses nation, says time to leave the past behind

"We must take all sections together, leaving the past behind, " said Modi as he reiterated the 'Sabka Saath Sabka Vikas' message.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi addressed the nation hours after Supreme Court of India, in a historic judgement ending a dispute spanning centuries, handed over the Ram Janmabhoomi site in Ayodhya to the Hindu parties, making way for Hindu devotees to have a grand Ram Mandir at the birthplace of Lord Ram.

Modi began his address by congratulating the 5 judge bench saying that today is a historic day in Indian judiciary as the decades-long justice process is now over. The whole country wished that the matter should be heard daily in the court, which took place and today the decision has arrived. The Prime Minister lauded the bench for patiently hearing all the sides for a continuous 40 days before coming to a unanimous decision.

PM lauded the restraint showed by people saying that the verdict has been peacefully accepted by all. “The whole world believes that India is the largest democratic country in the world, but today the world has also known how vibrant and strong India’s democracy is”, said Modi, revering that this historic day today has marked the commitment of inclusivity.

“After the verdict, the way the whole country including people from every section, every community and every creed has accepted it openly, it reflects India’s ancient culture, traditions and sense of harmony, said PM Modi.

The Prime Minister spoke about the importance of November 9 as this was the day when a pivotal event in world history was marked- the fall of the Berlin Wall, remembered Modi. Reminiscing the event, Modi said that this day marks togetherness and harmony. In case there is any bitterness in the mind of anyone, anywhere, then today is the day to pay attention to it and get rid off it. Fear, bitterness, negativity have no place in new India, said Modi claiming that today is the beginning of a ‘New India’.

Modi said that the judgement today ushers new dawn and every Indian should welcome this new era. “This controversy may have affected many generations, but after this decision, we have to make a resolution that now a new generation will start building a new India”, said the PM, appealing that as a society, every Indian has to work by giving priority to his duty and his obligation. “The harmony between us is very important for our unity, peace and development of the country”.

“We must take all sections together, leaving the past behind,” said Modi as he reiterated the ‘Sabka Saath Sabka Vikas’ message.

The 5-judge bench of the supreme court delivered a unanimous judgement in the Ram Janmabhoomi case. The top 5 senior judges came to the decision after weighing the arguments presented by all sides for 40 days.

The bench said that the Central Govt should within 3 months formulate a scheme envisaging setting up of Trust to build the Ram Mandir in Ayodhya. Possession of inner and outer courtyards to be handed over to the Trust. The apex court also ordered the union government to provide 5 acres of land at an alternate site at a prominent location in Ayodhya to the Sunni Waqf Board to rebuild the Babri Masjid which was demolished in 1992.

It may be noted that while the Ram Mandir will be built by a trust constituted by the central government, the Sunni Waqf Board will build the mosque on the plot given to them by the government at a prominent location in Ayodhya.

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