Welcoming the Supreme Court verdict in the Ayodhya case, the Congress on Saturday it is in favour of Ram temple construction and the judgment will "close doors" for BJP to politicise the issue.
Congress' chief spokesperson Randeep Surjewala said, "We are in favour of the construction of Ram Temple. This judgement not only opened the doors for the temple's construction but also closed the doors for BJP and others to politicise the issue."
In a resolution passed by the Congress Working Committee chaired by party chief Sonia Gandhi, the Congress said, "We appeal to all parties concerned and to all communities to abide by the secular values and spirit of fraternity enshrined in our Constitution and to maintain peace and harmony."
"It is the responsibility of each one of us to reaffirm our tradition of mutual respect and unity among all that has defined our society through the ages," Surjewala quoted the resolution as saying.
Responding to another question, Surjewala said the Supreme Court decision in the Ayodhya case cannot be a matter of credit or discredit to any individual, group of people, communities or political parties.
In a unanimous verdict, the Supreme Court on Saturday paved the way for the construction of a Ram Temple at the disputed site at Ayodhya. It directed the Centre to allot an alternative 5-acre plot to the Sunni Waqf Board for building a new mosque at a "prominent" place in the holy town in Uttar Pradesh.