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BJP will accept any judicial verdict on Ayodhya: Jaitley

However, the party's preference is for a negotiated settlement, says Law Minister Arun Jaitley.
PTI | By Press Trust of India, New Delhi
UPDATED ON APR 11, 2004 04:33 PM IST

Asserting that the Ayodhya issue was not connected to elections, Law Minister ArunJaitley has said the BJP will accept any judicial verdict on the issue although its preference was for a negotiated solution.

Asked whether the Government will accept a negative ruling of the court, Jaitley said "We will accept any judicial ruling irrespective of what it says... As a party in Government, do we have an option to say no?"

Referring to BJP's Vision Document, he said it clearly says, "our preference is between the two communities for a negotiated settlement."

"We have these social tensions in Indian society on the basis of religion, caste, etc, but we also have a great tradition of working out solutions for that," he said, adding "so we have given a preference for a negotiated settlement, alternatively we have said if that is not possible then a judicial solution would be the only solution."

To a question, Jaitley denied that the Ayodhya issue was related to the polls. "If it was relatable to an election we would have then only said in our Vision Document — a temple and temple alone and no other solution. We haven't said so."

Asked about Gujarat riots, he termed it as "a blot on our society" and "unfortunate" but defended Chief Minister NarendraModi, saying he "attempted his best to control the situation".

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