The high court judgement has disappointed me. Faith has superseded Constitution, law and evidence. This is not a good sign for the Constitution and judiciary, said Yadav, reading from a written statement and declining to take questions from reporters.
The Muslims in the country are feeling cheated by the verdict and there is a sense of despair in the entire community, he said.
Ever since the end of his shortlived tie-up with Kalyan Singh who was chief minister of Uttar Pradesh when the Babri Masjid was demolished in December 1992, the SP chief has been trying to win back his vote-base among Muslims. His remarks today were being viewed in that context.
I hope the Muslims of India will approach the Supreme Court for justice and the apex court will adjudicate on the issue in a clear and categorical manner, Yadav said.
Defending the police firing on kar sevaks in 1990 when he was Chief Minister, the SP chief recalled: Ayodhya was under fierce attack from communal forces. My position was that of Arjun of Mahabharata. I had to order police firing on our own people in Ayodhya to protect the rule of law.
Hours after his remarks, chief minister Mayawati warned of strict action against any attempt to vitiate the atmosphere over the Ayodhya verdict. Anyone who tries to disturb the atmosphere in the state will be dealt with strictly, Mayawati told reporters without making any direct reference to Yadav.
I would like to appeal to people of the state that they should not get influenced by provocative statements being made by some persons, she said.
The UP Congress too took strong exception to remarks made by the SP chief. We request him not to say anything which could spoil communal harmony. Whatever has to be said should be in the Supreme Court, Congress Legislature Party leader Pramod Tewari told reporters.
Appeal in Supreme Court a fair assumption, says PC
New Delhi: Expressing satisfaction over the respectful and dignified response of people to the Ayodhya verdict, Union home minister P Chidambaram said the Centre had no role in the issue except to maintain status quo and ensure law and order. He said it was fair assumption that there could be appeals against the verdict and the Supreme Court may pass interim orders.
He asked the media not to over interpret the judgement or devote extraordinary time and space to it. Also, please dont attribute to the judges any attempt to justify what was done in 1992 , he said.