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Hindu fundamentalists listen to speeches by leaders around a disputed mosque in the north Indian town of Ayodhya December 6, 1992. The mosque was later torn down by belligerent volunteers, threatening widespread strife in India, where the Hindu-majority 850 million people includes 100 million moslems.Reuters

Ayodhya District Magistrate Anuj Kumar on Monday appealed to the public to exercise necessary caution and not like, forward or share any sort of social media forwards that hurt the sentiment of the certain communities.  Don't get carried away, don't indulge in communal tweets, don't preempt judgement — these are some of the many 'Dos and Don'ts' given to BJP spokesperson and social media team, ahead of the impending final verdict in the Ayodhya title suit that is expected to be delivered any time before November 17. 

A five-judge Supreme Court bench heard the Ayodhya case on a day-to-day basis for 40 days and reserved its verdict on October 16. The apex court is expected to deliver its verdict on a dispute over the ownership of 2.77 acres of land in Ayodhya district in Uttar Pradesh when the Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi retires.

'Don't preempt verdict; follow PM, Shah':

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The suggestion was not accepted by the lawyers appearing for the Hindu parties.Reuters

While these TV faces that regularly 'debate' on the prime time were encouraged to ask questions, the core message that was communicated was this -- don't preempt the verdict in the run-up to the D-Day and don't comment on judgement till a 'party line' is issued after the verdict is pronounced.

All of the attendees were asked to listen to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, BJP President Amit Shah and it's working President J.P. Nadda's comments on Ram Mandir issue to be 'guided'. Moreover, the BJP seeks to hold regular daily briefings for its spokesperson at its media division in BJP to communicate the 'party stand' in as clear terms.A

BJP legal eagles to do a postmortem of Ayodhya verdict:

Another source said, the copy of the judgement will be analysed with legal eagles within BJP, the moment the verdict will be out and a 'gist' will be prepared which will then be handed over to its spokesperson, on the judgement day. Chances are, till that 'gist' is provided, BJP will keep it'sA battery of spokesperson off TV glare. This is to keep the debate "factual" and so that the entire party "From PM to the spokesperson" speaks in one voice.

No Communal memes please:

The social media too has been asked to be extremely careful from Monday evening onwards on every tweet it posts from it's official Twitter handle @BJP4India. Social media chief Amit Malviya gave out the dos and don'ts. No Communal undertones, no objectionable memes, no subtle rejoicing of the verdict or questioning it, depending upon the outcome -- were some clear messages that were given to the social media team of the ruling party in unequivocal terms.

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Hindu militants storm a disputed mosque-temple site December 6, 1992 climbing atop the building's dome as they demolish it to clear the site for a Hindu temple. [Representational Image]Reuters

The message is not just limited to social media teams handling the main Facebook and Twitter handle of BJP but also the state handles. Apart from very few top leaders, all other ministers have their own Social media personnel or teams. They too will be communicated the same, IANS has learnt. This elaborate plan is to keep the law and order situation across India under check and in BJP, the ruling party can steer clear of controversies.

Earlier, PM Modi in his Mann Ki Baat urged the political class to help maintain 'peace' across India, just as Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh, the ideological mentor of the party in a recently issued statement urged all to 'abide by' the verdict, whichever way it may come. The RSS has also instructed all its affiliates including the Vishwa Hindu Parishad against taking out celebratory matches if the verdict comes for the Hindu side.