Published: Thu, December 07, 2017
World | By Melba Underwood

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

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

Prime Minister Narendra Modi today castigated senior Congress leader and lawyer Kapil Sibal for seeking deferment of hearing of the Ram Janmabhoomi- Babri Masjid title dispute till after the 2019 general elections, and wondered if such an issue should be kept unresolved for political gains and losses.

"As a lawyer Kapil Sibal can argue any matter but he should not forget that he has been the law minister in the past". "Whenever the Congress wants to take a different stand on an issue, it keeps Kapil Sibalji in the forefront". His statement in the court was wrong.

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".

Regarding the timing of building a Ram temple in Ayodhya, Sibal said, " We believe in the Lord, we don't believe in you Modi ji.

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The Supreme Court has set the final hearing on the case for February 8, 2018. "Everybody said that if we take a stand against it, we will face a backlash in the UP elections, but we took a stand and the Supreme Court asked us to form a law in six months", he said. "You want to stop the hearing of Ram temple (issue) in the name of elections", Modi told a well-attended election rally at Dhandhuka in Ahmedabad district.

During the hearing, the SC rejected Sibal's plea to hear the Ayodhya dispute case after 2019 Lok Sabha elections.

In a retort to Modi, the former union minister asked him to check facts before saying something in public. The elections in the country are being fought by the Congress party. Modi asked the Congress. "Who he represents in court is Kapil Sibal's personal matter", Congress spokesperson Randeep Surjewala had said. "The prime minister should decide if he is giving any direction to the Supreme Court", Sharma said. The chairman of the body, Zufar Ahmed Farooqui said Sibal wasn't the board's lawyer and that Mehboob himself was not a member of the board, "but an individual party to the matter". "It is certain that Sibal spoke in his capacity as a Congress leader, with the blessings of their high command".

Meanwhile, the Congress Party had, on Tuesday, furthered the war of words with the BJP and said it was raking up non-issues just to garner votes. When Lord Ram wants it the temple will be built wherever, whenever.

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