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

Kapil Sibal

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

On Wednesday, the hearing in the disputed matter turned into a political slugfest with lawyers for Muslim appellants, including senior counsel Kapil Sibal, questioning the "hurry" to hear the matter now and demanding that it be referred to a Constitution Bench and the hearing be put off till July 2019.

The Supreme Court has set the final hearing on the case for February 8, 2018. The elections in the country are being fought by the Congress party. "We want a solution to the issue (case) at the earliest", he added.

The Congress Party then furthered the war of words and said the BJP was raking up non-issues just to garner votes.

Addressing BJP workers during his Gujarat election campaign in Dahod, Modi said, "The Sunni Waqf Board must be congratulated for their fearless stand and for disassociating themselves from the statement of Kapil Sibal".




On the 25th anniversary of Babri Masjid demolition, a talk titled "Why Ram Mandir in Ayodhya?' was scheduled to be held at the Koyna Hostel in Jawaharlal Nehru University".

Sunni Waqf Board member Haji Mehboob said that Kapil Sibal argued the case in the apex court as a Congress leader and not on behalf of the board. Modi asked at a rally in Gujarat's Dhandhuka.

Surjewala also asserted party's stand that it will always stand by Supreme Court's verdict in the matter. "On one hand, he is visiting all the temples in Gujarat and trying to misguide the Hindus and on the other hand another, a Congress leader is trying to extend the hearing date of the Ayodhya dispute hearing", Adityanath told ANI. "The prime minister should decide if he is giving any direction to the Supreme Court", Sharma said. "Modi government's law minister Ravi Shankar Prasad has himself said in Parliament and outside Parliament that the BJP will accept the Supreme Court order on the Ram temple construction", he said.

The Waqf Board said it wanted speedy justice in the case and was not in favour of deferment.

"The PM did not check the fact that actually I never represented the Sunni Waqf Board in the Supreme Court and yet he thanked them".

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