New Delhi: Samajwadi Party chief Mulayam Singh has raised questions on the Ayodhya verdict saying the judgement has been delivered based on faith and not on legalities.
"The Ayodhya verdict is out. I am not happy. The decision is not a great sign and has made many people sad," said Mulayam.
But the Congress party appears to be in a quandary as to how to respond. The party is keen to stay away from the court's pronouncement on the temple-masjid construction issue, instead choosing to focus on the fact that there has been peace and harmony across the country.
Senior Congress leader Satyavrat Chautrivedi says India has moved on beyond Ayodhya and they prefer an out-of-court settlement.
"The country has moved on. These issues are irrelevant. Those who used this for political gain realise it's no longer an issue. There is need for reconciliation through negotiation," said Chautrivedi.
However, Ayodhya heaves a sigh of relief as the verdict was received with restraint while the sadhus are calling it a victory for all.
"It is a wise judgement. The judges have thought of everyone and made the decision," said one sadhu (saint) in Ayodhya.
"The judgement is in favour of all. The public are happy as well. The security of the country has to be kept in mind for any future course of action," said another sadhu (saint) in the holy city.