Why link Ram Mandir with elections? PM Modi questions Kapil Sibal

Frederick Owens
December 7, 2017

Sibal, while arguing for the Sunni Waqf Board, told the Supreme Court yesterday that since the courts decision in the case would have "very serious ramifications", the hearing be deferred till July 2019, by which time the general election would be over.

"Now Congress links Ram Mandir with elections". Prime Minister Narendra Modi also attacked the opposition party on the matter in his public meetings today.

Speaking on the issue of "triple talaq", Modi said "When the matter was in the Supreme Court, the Government had to put their affidavit". The stakeholders in the case had moved the top court after the Allahabad High Court directed the Sunni Waqf Board, the Nirmohi Akhara and the Lord Ram Lalla to settle for a three-way division of the disputed site. "Construction of Ram Temple is part of BJP manifesto in 2014, court should not fall into the trap", Sibal had said.

Congress leader Kapil Sibal hit back at Modi, saying that he ought to check facts before making statements.

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"Does the Waqf Board fight elections?" The elections in the country are being fought by the Congress party. "A representative of Sunni Waqf Board said that we wish that the issue is decided at the earliest by the courts".

Modi, however, noted the Congress later said the views expressed by Sibal were his own and not of the party. "We have got nothing to do with his statement", Mehboob said. "It is our appeal to the soon-to-be-crowned Congress president Rahul Gandhi, who is visiting temples in Gujarat these days, to clear his stand on the Shri Ram Mandir and explain to the people why is Sibal praying for a delayed verdict just when the translation work of voluminous court documents is over", he said.

"While representing the Sunni Waqf Board in the Ramjanambhoomi-Babri Masjid case on Tuesday, Sibal urged the court to take up the matter after 2019 general elections as "the case was being used to polarise the electorate with an eye on the polls".

However, the Supreme Court bench, headed by Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra and Justices Ashok Bhushan and S Abdul Nazeer adjourned the hearing in the Ayodhya case for February 8, 2018. "Request PM to be a little more careful", Sibal said.

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