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PM Narendra Modi too attacked the Congress, as Sibal sought for deferring the case after the 2019 elections.
  • Wednesday, December 06, 2017 - 17:57

With one of the Ramjanambhoomi-Babri Masjid case petitioners saying the Muslims wanted its "early resolution", BJP President Amit Shah on Wednesday said it proved that Kapil Sibal was speaking on the Congress' behalf when he sought to delay the Supreme Court hearing till after the 2019 general elections.

"Now that the Sunni Waqf Board has said that they don't agree with what Kapil Sibal said in the apex court, it is certain that Sibal spoke in his capacity as a Congress leader, with the blessings of party high command," Shah said in a tweet.

"Shameful posturing by the Congress on Ram Temple issue!" he said.

On Tuesday, senior counsel Kapil Sibal, who represents the Waqf board in the case, asked the apex court to hear the matter only in July 2019.

Earlier Prime Minister Narendra Modi accused the Congress of linking the Ram temple issue to the Lok Sabha elections and attacked Kapil Sibal's arguments in the Supreme Court for deferring hearing the matter after the 2019 polls.

"Yesterday in the Supreme Court, a Congress MP Kapil Sibal was arguing (which is his right) for the Babri Masjid. He is entitled to do that, but is it right for him to say postpone hearing till 2019?" Modi said while addressing a rally in Gujarat's Dhandhuka.

"Why does he have to link a Ram Mandir (temple) with elections. Is such thinking proper?" Modi asked from the crowd.

"Now Congress links Ram Mandir with elections. They are least bothered about the nation," Modi said.

Although Sibal had urged the Supreme Court to defer the Ayodhya title suit till July 2019 after the elections, his demand was rejected by the SC. The court fixed February 8, 2018 for the commencing the final hearing in the case.

Meanwhile, on Wednesday, one of the Babri Masjid litigants, Haji Mehboob, said the Muslims wanted early resolution of the decades-old dispute, contradicting Sibal's contention.