PM Modi, Kapil Sibal take digs at each other over Ayodhya case

Rachel Hardy
December 8, 2017

Incidentally, it was also the 25th anniversary of the demolition of the structure in Uttar Pradesh's Ayodhya.

Sibal suggested deferring hearing of the case till 2019. "You want to stop the hearing of Ram temple (issue) in the name of elections", Modi told a well attended election rally here in Ahmedabad district.

He further asked the Prime Minister to "check his facts" before commenting on the issue. In this case, advocate Syed Shahid Hussain Rizvi, who is the AoR for UP Sunni Waqf Board, had signed an appearance slip clearly mentioning that Sibal appeared for the board on Thursday.

Meanwhile, today, a Delhi court will deliver its verdict in connection with the terrorist attack on the makeshift Ram Temple in Ayodhya in 2005.

Just a day after, Supreme Court adjourned the hearing of various appeals filed in the Ram Janambhoomi-Babri Masjid dispute case to Feb 8, reactions from across the board began pouring in.

PM Modi had earlier congratulated the Sunni Waqf Board for dissociating themselves from Sibal's statement in connection with the matter. "Does the Waqf Board fight elections? You want to keep the issue unresolved for political gains and losses in the elections?"

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"Now Congress links Ram Mandir with elections".

Mr Sibal was quick to hit back, saying the Prime Minister was factually wrong in stating that he represented the Sunni Waqf Board in the court.

Haji Mehboob's remarks lend credence to the Bharatiya Janata Party's allegation that Sibal behaved as an agent for the Congress party in the Supreme Court rather than as an agent for the Sunni Waqf Board who was seeking a resolution of the long-standing dispute.

"The hearing was taken up for the first time yesterday and BJP president Amit Shah gave reaction on Sibal's statement", he said, adding that this in itself was indicative of what will happen if the hearing was taken up on a daily basis. "They are trying delay the hearing of the case".

Rehmani also said that Sibal had talked about shifting of the hearing on the advice of the AIMPLB and other Muslim parties. "Shameful posturing by Congress on Ram Temple issue", Shah tweeted.

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