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07 December, 2017, 01:14 | Author: Priscilla Morrison
  • SC adjourns hearing in Ayodhya dispute case to February 2018

Senior Congress leader Kapil Sibal on Wednesday in a dig at Prime Minister Narendra Modi said that Ram Mandir will be built "when Lord Rama wants it and Modi will not build the temple".

The Supreme Court yesterday rejected the vehement submission of Sunni Waqf Board and others that hearing of appeals in the sensitive Ram Janmabhoomi-Babri Masjid title dispute be conducted in July 2019 after the general elections and fixed February 8 to hear them. Reacting swiftly to BJP president Amit Shah's allegations on the Congress's stand on Ram temple in Ayodhya, Randeep Surjewala and Pawan Khera, the national spokespersons of the Congress, said that the Congress stand on the Ram temple was similar to the BJP's - the readiness to accept the verdict of the Supreme Court.

Under attack, Sibal claimed he did not represent the Sunni Waqf Board in the Ayodhya case in the Supreme Court, and mounted a counteroffensive against Modi, saying he should have checked the facts before criticising him.

"Yesterday, Sibal advocated the cause of the Muslim community. Request PM to be a little more careful", Sibal said.

In the Supreme Court order, Sibal's name featured as a lawyer for the UP Sunni Waqf Board. We want a solution to the issue at the earliest. Why does he have to link a Ram Mandir with elections?

He also accused the Congress of linking the Ram temple issue with the elections.




Sibal said instead of worrying about whom he represents in court, the prime minister should be more concerned about the problems before the country and his home state of Gujarat.

The Waqf Board said it wanted speedy justice in the case and was not in favour of deferment. The elections in the country are being fought by the Congress party.

Sibal, a former Union minister in the Congress-led United Progressive Alliance that governed India between 2004 and 2014, was appearing for one of the litigants in the case, but the Congress was quick to clarify on Wednesday that his plea was not consistent with its stand. "Everybody said that if we take a stand against it, we will face a backlash in the UP elections, but we took a stand and the Supreme Court asked us to form a law in six months", he said.

"The Congress party has not only done injustice to Sardar Patel, but to Babasaheb Ambedkar as well".

"The character of Rahul Gandhi and Congress has once again been revealed in front of the people. They have also gone from Varanasi and Uttar Pradesh", Modi said, taking a swipe at the opposition party over their humiliating electoral defeat in the northern state.

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