Sunni Waqf Board disassociates itself from Sibal

Randeep Surjewala also asserted party's stand that it will always stand by Supreme Court's verdict in the matter

Sibal had in the apex court said that the Ram Janambhoomi-Babri Masjid dispute should be heard after the 2019 general elections, which triggered a major political storm.

Modi questioned Sibal as to why is the Congress leader linking the Ram Mandir case with elections.

The prime minister also wondered why the Congress wanted to "create hurdles" when the Sunni Waqf Board, a party to the title dispute represented by Sibal, wanted resolution of the Ayodhya tangle.

Today, Prime Minister Narendra Modi trained his guns at Kapil Sibal and the Congress and blamed Sibal for politicising the issue.

Sibal had on Tuesday urged the court to take up the 25-year-old matter up only after July 2019, stating that the case was being used to polarise the electorate with an eye on the polls.

"But you dare say that the case should not be heard till 2019 elections".

The Congress had distanced itself from Sibal's stand in the Supreme Court. Surjewala said that the BJP has stated in its manifesto that it will act in line with the Supreme Court order.

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.

Following this, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) Chief Amit Shah, in a press briefing, took a potshot at the Congress Party and its vice president, Rahul Gandhi, for adopting "double standard" in the matter. Indeed, even in this instance, Sibal, Rajeev Dhavan, and Dushyant Dave were appearing for the litigants, and the Waqf Board could be backing off now because it doesn't want to be embroiled in a controversy, said a lawyer appearing for one of the litigants on condition of anonymity. We want a speedy hearing and so do people of this country as they want a Ram temple soon. Congress leader Anand Sharma said that Prime Minister was diverting the issue from lack of development in Gujarat. I was never a Sunni Waqf Board lawyer.

Modi, however, noted the Congress later said the views expressed by Sibal were his own and not of the party.

The Supreme Court had fixed the next hearing for the long-standing matter for February 8, 2018.

"Why does he have to link a Ram mandir (temple) with the elections". Modi said now he understands why the Congress kept many issues unresolved, without elaborating but implying that it was done to derive political mileage.



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