PM Modi, Congress spar on poll impact of Ayodhya case

PM Modi, Congress spar on poll impact of Ayodhya case

Sibal on Supreme Court said that since the court's decision in the case would have "very serious ramifications", the hearing be deferred till July 2019 by which time the general election would be over.

BJP chief Amit Shah today stepped up his attack on the Congress over the Ram temple issue by accusing it of "shameful posturing". He, however, noted that the Congress has said the views expressed by Sibal, who represents the Sunni Waqf Board in the case in the Supreme Court, were his own. Reacting to Shah's comments against senior Congress leader Kapil Sibal representing the Waqf Board in the dispute, Surjewala said: "BJP leader and finance minister Arun Jaitley represented the American company responsible for the Bhopal gas tragedy in which 4,000 persons lost their lives".

Kapil Sibal argued the case in Supreme Court as a Congress leader and not on behalf of the board, Sunni Waqf Board member Haji Mehboob said. "Or, is it the case that the board and the Congress are working in tandem?" he asked.

However, the demand was brushed aside by the top court as it fixed February 8, 2018 for commencing final hearing in the case. 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.

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". His statement in the court was wrong. "We want a solution to the issue (case) at the earliest", he added. "He is entitled to do that, but is it right for him to say postpone hearing till 2019?" Modi said now he understands why the Congress kept many issues unresolved, without elaborating but implying that it was done to derive political mileage.

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.

To a question on Sunni Waqf Board's position, Rehmani said that he has not had any talk with it in this regard.

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