Friday, September 17, 2010

Ayodhya: Sonia holds meeting with senior leaders

NEW DELHI: With the Allahabad High Court rejecting the petition seeking deferment of September 24 verdict on the Ramjanmabhoomi- Babri Masjid case, Congress president Sonia Gandhi held a meeting with senior party leaders on Friday.

In the meeting, the Congress in-charge of Uttar Pradesh Digvijay Singh briefed the party chief on the current environment in the state and the efforts being made by the party to help maintain peace and order.

While the Centre has deployed a large contingent of paramilitary forces in UP at the request of the Mayawati Government, the Congress is worried that any communal flareup in the state would impact the polls in neighbouring Bihar and may lead to more tensions in J K.

The Congress, which usually sidesteps controversial issues especially relating to the courts, on Friday broke the rule by stating that the dispute should be resolved amicably or the court verdict should be respected.

\"The Congress stance is either the issue gets revolved through mutual understanding and talks or everybody should accept the court\'s verdict,\" Congress general secretary Janardan Dwivedi said.

Denying that the government move to ask to the people to maintain peace and communal harmony was \'alarmist\', Dwivedi said, \"Any government will appeal to its people to maintain peace as a precautionary measure. There\'s nothing wrong in that.

\"It was the government\'s responsibility to see that no untoward incident happens and that is why an appeal was made,\" Dwivedi added.

The government on Thursday appealed to the people to maintain calm after the September 24 judgment, saying any party not satisfied with the verdict can go for legal remedies available under the law.

A three-judge special Bench of the Allahabad High Court is scheduled to pronounce the verdict.
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