Various Hindu and Muslim organisations today hailed the Supreme Court's decision on Ayodhya case while Nirmohi Akhara, which favoured deferring of the verdict, said negotiations for settling the issue can be held even after the High Court delivers the judgement.
"We accept the Supreme court decision (not to defer the High Court judgement) and we would also accept the verdict of the Lucknow bench of the Allahabad High Court in this case," Mahant Bhaskar Das of Nirmohi Akhara said.
Counsels for all the parties to the dispute except Nirmohi Akhara had opposed the plea for deferment in the Supreme Court.
"We wanted negotiations for settling the issue which can still go on even after the High Court announces the verdict on the title suits," Mahant Bhaskar Das said. Parties to the title suits have also welcomed the apex court's decision.
"It is our victory as we had been wanting the court to deliver its verdict all through," 90-year-old litigant Mohammad Hashim Ansari said.
Airing similar views, vice president of All India Muslim Personal Law Board Maulana Kalbe Sadiq said "it is good that the verdict has not been delayed".
"Our counsel said in the court that efforts to solve the issue amicably were made 11 times, but it failed to give results," AIMPLB working committee member and national convenor of Babri Masjid Action Committee Qasim Rasool Illiyas said.
The Board had opposed the application moved by Ramesh Chandra Tripathi in the apex court. The Vishwa Hindu Parishad said that by rejecting the plea, the apex court has upheld the feelings of Hindus all over the country. The outfit maintained that building a Ram temple by an Act of Parliament was the only way out of the vexed issue.
"We welcome the Supreme Court's decision. This has brought relief to all those who were apprehensive of a huge delay in the matter as one of the three judges o the High Court bench is to retire in three days," VHP international president Ashok Singhal told reporters in Allahabad.
Asked about the possibility of the High Court ruling going against the VHP's demand, Singhal said, "We will still have the option of moving the Supreme Court and we also appeal to our Hindu brethren to stay calm irrespective of whatever the High Court judgement says".
He said the VHP is firm on its stand that "building a Ram temple at the site in Ayodhya was the only way out and we will continue to strive for the same".