The Congress hailed the Supreme Court order staying by a week the Ram Janambhoomi- Babri Masjid title suit verdict, saying the party has always given first priority to a solution arrived through mutual agreement.
"The Supreme Court has given the order with good intentions and everybody should welcome it. The Congress has always believed that the first priority is that the issue is resolved through mutual understanding, goodwill and appreciating the feelings of each other.
"If it is not possible, the verdict of the court should be acceptable to all," party general secretary Janardan Dwivedi said in reply to questions on the SC order which stayed by a week Friday's pronouncement of the judgement by the Allahabad High Court
He said,"we believe the court has given the order keeping this spirit in mind and everyone should welcome this." The Court issued notices to the contesting parties on the petition filed by retired bureacrat Ramesh Chandra Tripathi challenging the order of the Lucknow Bench of Allahabad High Court refusing to defer the verdict in the 60-year-old Ram Janambhoomi-Babri Masjid title suit dispute.
Meanwhile, Maharashtra Chief Minister Ashok Chavan also welcomed the SC order. Talking separately to reporters, he said that the development would give much needed respite to the state police after the arrangements in the just concluded Ganesh festival. A senior Congress leader on the condition of anonymity said such issues could be best solved by dialogue and by consensus. But the leader expressed apprehension that there are fringe elements which could thwart any such process.