PM Modi, Congress spar on poll impact of Ayodhya case

Posted December 08, 2017

PM Modi welcomed the stance of Sunni Wakf Board that the case should be redressed in a time bound manner.

Kapil Sibal told the top Court that whenever this matter is heard, there are serious repercussions outside the Court and to preserve the decorum of Law and Order, and that he personally requests Court to take this matter up on July 15, 2019, once all the pleadings are complete.

Earlier in the day, the Supreme Court, however, deferred the commencement of final hearing in the Ayodhya dispute matter to February 8, 2018.

Modi, who was back on the campaign trail in poll-bound Gujarat on Wednesday, added that he would not remain silent on the triple talaq as the issue is for the right of women. Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BJP seized upon it to say that the former minister made the plea for indefinite postponement as part of a Congress gameplan to thwart resolution of the Ram temple versus Babri Masjid dispute.

I do not know on whose behalf the counsel for the Muslims appearing in the apex court, Kapil Sibal had stated this. "He is entitled to do that, but is it right for him to say postpone hearing till 2019?"

The Sunni Waqf Board dissociated itself from Sibal's suggestion.

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BJP leader Subramanian Swamy also said Sibal shouldn't politicise the issue.

To this end, Surjewala said, "Who he represents in the court is Kapil Sibal's personal matter, the Congress Party has got nothing to do with it. Arun Jaitley ji was the lawyer in the Bhopal gas tragedy matter. The prime minister should decide if he is giving any direction to the Supreme Court?"

Addressing BJP workers during his Gujarat election campaign in Dahod, Modi said, "The Sunni Waqf Board must be congratulated for their courageous stand and for disassociating themselves from the statement of Kapil Sibal". And yet he thanked Sunni Waqf Board for a statement on the basis that I represented them.

The Hindus, however, claim that a Ram temple that originally stood there was demolished to construct the mosque.

PM Modi had earlier congratulated the Sunni Waqf Board for dissociating themselves from Sibal's statement in connection with the matter.