Verdict will strengthen national unity, says Modi

Last Updated: Thu, Sep 30, 2010 14:03 hrs

Ahmedabad: Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday welcomed the Ayodhya judgment and said it would act as a "catalytic agent" for unity.

Modi, speaking to reporters after the Allahabad High Court gave its verdict in favour of a temple in Ayodhya, said it would pave the way for construction of a grand temple at the site.

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He said the verdict should not be viewed as a victory of defeat of any side.

"I am happy over the judgment as it will pave the way for construction of a grand temple at Ayodhya. I feel that this judgment will work as a catalytic agent for unity."

He said a temple would be constructed at the Ram Janmabhoomi-Babri Masjid site in Ayodhya and "national unity will be strengthened."

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A three-judge Lucknow bench of the Allahabad High Court Thursday ruled in favour of a temple at the Ramjanmabhoomi-Babri Masjid site.

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