The Lucknow Bench of the Allahabad High Court today delivered a verdict on the disputed Ramjanmabhoomi Babri Masjid issue, calling for the disputed land to be divided into three parts with Hindus, Muslims and the Nirmohi Akhada sharing the parts.
The decision has evoked widespread reaction from politicians, lawyers and eminent personalities in the country. Here's what some of them had to say in the initial hours after the verdict
Mr Zafaryab Jilani, Sunni Waqf Board lawyer - "We will appeal for declaration and possession of the entire land. There is no need for public resentment, no reason for gloom. We hope peace and tranquility will be maintained throughout the country."
Mr Mohan Bhagwat, Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) Sarsangchalak - "The judgment has paved the way for the construction of Ram temple in Ayodhya. The judgment is not a win or loss for anybody. We invite everybody, including Muslims, to help build the temple."
Mr Janardhan Dwivedi, General Secretary Congress Party - "Congress has held that the controversy should either be solved through talks or the verdict of the court should be accepted. The court has given the verdict. We should all welcome the judgment."
Ms Mayawati, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister - "Please maintain communal harmony and beware of forces that try to spread communal strife. If anyone tries to spoil the peace in Uttar Pradesh, the state government too will take strict action."
Mr Mohammed Hashim Ansari, Litigant - "I welcome the court decision. I appeal to all Muslims in the country not to get upset over the decision."
Mr Nritya Gopal Das, Ramjanmabhoomi Trust chief Mahant - "It is the responsibility of Hindus and Muslims to ensure peace prevails even after the verdict. It (verdict) should not affect the composite culture of the country. Hindu-Muslim ties need to become stronger after the verdict."
Mr Lalu Prasad, Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) chief - "Maintain harmony and brotherhood. Let the text of the judgment come, there is still confusion on what the verdict is."
Stay tuned for more news on the Ayodhya verdict and reactions.