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In the early hours of the day, life went on as normal in different parts of the city with school children and morning walkers taking to the streets and shops and businesses opening at their usual time. This year the Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) has decided against observing 'Shaurya Diwas'.

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  • The minority panel chief said filing the review petition would send a message to the Hindus that they were trying to put roadblocks in the way of building the Ram temple. He also urged the Muslim side to accept the five-acre alternative land to be given for a mosque, saying they would be respecting the judiciary by doing so.

    ​​​VHP joint general secretary Surendra Jain accused the Muslim parties of ‘never staying true to their word’ in the case, while the chief of the Nirmohi Akhara in Ayodhya, Mahant Dinendra Das, and chief priest of the Ram Janmabhoomi Temple Satyendra Das termed it a ‘ploy to disturb communal harmony’ in India.

    “I feel the people who want to go for a review are doing this just to do politics and remain in the media spotlight. They are not exercising a legal right but pursuing a personal agenda,” Iqbal Ansari, whose later father Mohd Hashim Ansari was one of the oldest litigants, told ET from Ayodhya.

    The petition — filed through Maulana Syed Ashhad Rashidi, the legal heir of the original plaintiff in the case — argued that the court had effectively granted a mandamus (judicial writ) to destroy the Babri Masjid and sought an immediate stay on the handover of the land.

    This decision of the Supreme Court has for the first time corrected a historical wrong against the faith and beliefs of Hindus that the 1,500 square yards in Ayodhya is the birthplace of Lord Ram. It did so on evidence and in accordance with legal principles.

    The spiritual leader, who was part of the Supreme Court-appointed mediation panel in the Ayodhya case, said the matter would have been solved long back, had one side not been insistent on building a mosque at the disputed site. He hailed the apex court verdict as a "very good decision to resolve the long-standing dispute".

    "The NSA clearly said it was our responsibility to work for peace and harmony in the society, as the world is watching us, and the enemies can always take advantage of our internal conflicts," one of those who attended the meeting said.

    Just a day after the Ayodhya verdict, National Security Advisor Ajit doval held a meeting at his residence of religious leaders cutting acro...

    “Seers have openly protested against the delay in the judgement, have constantly mobilised devotees for the issue and we are the most vulnerable target,” Mahant Narendra Giri, told ET, adding the decision to approach the Centre and state government was taken during consultations with the heads of all mutts regarding preparations for the Kumbh Mela

    The Ram Janambhoomi Nyas is eager to start construction at the earliest with help from the Vishva Hindu Parishad (VHP). Though the VHP has toyed with many maps of the Ram temple, there's a blueprint based on the most agreeable version that the majority believes resembles the 'original' Ram Mandir.

    While speaking to ANI, Uttar Pradesh's Ayodhya Circle Officer Amar Singh said that not a single incident reported and every community have a...

    “All further actions, in compliance of the orders of the Hon’ble Supreme Court of India, including the issue of five acres of land in Ayodhya, are still in consideration of the board and no decision in this regard has been taken yet," the board said in a statement.

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