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PM Modi, Congress spar on poll impact of Ayodhya case

PM Modi, Congress spar on poll impact of Ayodhya case

Prime Minister Narendra Modi has congratulated the Sunni Waqf Board for disassociating itself from its lawyer Kapil Sibal's contention that the hearing in the Supreme Court on the Ayodhya lawsuit over the title to the disputed Ramjanmabhoomi-Babri Masjid site be deferred till July 2019.

Modi was referring to the lawyer Kapil Sibal's plea in the Supreme Court on Tuesday asking that the case not be heard before the 2019 elections because its outcome could have a bearing on that poll.

However, the demand was brushed aside by the top court as it fixed February 8, 2018 for commencing final hearing in the case. The Congress leader justified his stand saying 'the case has ramification on the polity of India, '. Why does he have to link Ram Mandir with elections? 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.

"As the representative body (of Muslims), the board endorses and confirms the said statement of the counsels made in court", it said in a statement. We want a solution to the issue at the earliest. "I also appeal to Rahul ji to tell us what his view on this is", said the BJP chief.

Meanwhile, UP Sunni Waqf Board, a party to the case, said it was against such a move and wanted the matter to be disposed of "promptly". "He is entitled to do that, but is it right for him to say postpone hearing till 2019?" Surjewala, who was addressing mediapersons in Ahmedabad, said: "The Congress party wants that the court give its verdict on the Ram temple construction as early as possible". Is such thinking proper? "Shameful posturing by Congress on Ram Temple issue!" he said in a tweet. Modi asked from the crowd. The elections in the country are being fought by the Congress party. "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 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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