New Delhi: A day after the Ayodhya verdict was delivered by the Lucknow bench of the Allahabad Hight Court, the Centre has decided to adopt a "wait and watch" approach in the dispute.
The government, while being cautious in its reaction to the verdict, has decided not to intervene in the matter saying "the government has not been made a party in the dispute".
The government will wait for either of the sides to formulate their legal recourse and, obviously, does not want to be seen siding with any party. And, that's one of the reasons there will be no Special Leave Petition filed by the government.
But the BJP wants the Centre to mediate in the dispute and initiate dialogues between both sides.
"After the SC verdict is delivered there will be no scope for any discussions. The Allahabad High Court order has given us a chance to show how we can unify our country and sort this out through talks. The Central government should take the initiative and encourage both sides to sit and talk over the issue," says senior BJP leader Rajnath Singh.
Union Law Minister Veerappa Moily admits this is not the end of the legal process. "Congress is not apprehensive or worried. People have moved on. This is not a time to play petty politics. It's a long legal journey," Moily told CNN-IBN.
Union Home Minister P Chidambaram was also cautious in his reaction to the judgement.
"This judgemnet has nothing to do with the act that took place on 6th of December. It was an act that was unacceptable. This judgement in no way justifies the demolition of the Babri masjid. That was a criminal act. One cannot attribute the judges with justifying the act," he said.
Earlier, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Mayawati had accused the Centre of not extending any help to the state in maintaining law and order in the aftermath of the verdict. Mayawati said Friday morning that Muslims have no reason to worry after the verdict, but law and order around the site is the Centre's responsibility.
"If there's any mischief around the disputed site which disturbs the law and order situation in the state, Centre would be responsible for it. Therefore, I request the Centre to take the matter seriously," said Mayawati.
In reply, Chidambaram said: "I thought that the government of UP is maintaining law and order with help from forces of central government. If UP expects that central government should maintain law and order with help from UP forces then so be it."
Also, Law Minister Moily says, "Mayawati shows her political culture when she attacks the Centre."