Ayodhya Verdict: PM Modi appeals for calm and unity; section 144 imposed in several states

New Delhi:

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday appealed for unity and calm as Supreme Court of India gets ready to give verdict on decades old Ayodhya case on Saturday.

In a series of tweet Prime Minister Narendra Modi said that “Whatever decision SC delivers in Ayodhya case, it’ll not be a victory or defeat of anyone. My appeal to the countrymen is that it should be the priority of all of us that this decision should further strengthen the great tradition of peace, unity and goodwill of India.”

Prime Minister also praised various sections and parties for maintaining environment of peace and appealed them to maintain harmony even after the verdict.

Meanwhile, Section 144 has been imposed in entire state of Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Jammu and Kashmir and several other places across the country.

Mobile internet services have been suspended in Aligarh. School and colleges have been closed in UP, MP, Rajasthan, Karnataka, Delhi and many other places across the country.

RSS supremo Mohan Bhagwat has also appealed for calm ahead of Supreme Court’s Ayodhya verdict. “Everyone should maintain calm,” said Bhagwat.

Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath has appealed to the people to not believe in rumours. He said that the government is committed to maintain law and order in the state and strict action will be taken against those who will try to disrupt law and order.

Chief Minister of Kerala, Pinarayi Vijayan said, “All of us should ensure that our reactions will be peaceful no matter what the verdict be. It should not create any room for hate mongering. State police has been directed to be on high alert.”

Ayodhya itself has been turned into a fortress with deployment of over 60 companies of paramilitary forces and PAC. Drones, CCTV and bomb disposal squad have also been deployed in the city.