Ahead of the Supreme Court verdict on Ayodhya, Prime Minister Narendra Modi asked his council of ministers on Wednesday to refrain from making unnecessary statements on the issue and maintain harmony in the country, sources said.
At a meeting of the council of minister, Modi said the court verdict was expected and hence, it was the responsibility of everyone to maintain harmony in the country and avoid making unnecessary statements on the issue, according to PTI sources.
The apex court is likely to deliver its verdict on the Ayodhya issue before Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi retires on November 17.
The Prime Minister's comment comes just days after the BJP asked its party workers and spokespersons to restrain from making emotive and provocative statements on the Ram temple issue.
The Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh, BJP's ideological parent, had issued a similar word of caution to its cadre a few days ago.
At a meeting of the party's spokespersons, media and social media departments from across the country, BJP's central leadership told them to avoid making unnecessary statements on the Ram temple issue, sources aware of the deliberations told PTI.
BJP social media head Amit Malviya also briefed the IT cell of the party on how to prevent controversial statements on such platforms, they said.
(With PTI inputs)