PM Modi, Congress spar on poll impact of Ayodhya case

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The Sunni Waqf Board on Wednesday distanced itself from its counsel Kapil Sibal's submission to the Supreme Court that the hearing of the Ram Janmabhoomi-Babri Masjid case is held after 2019 Lok Sabha elections.

Sibal had on Tuesday urged the court to take up the 25-year-old matter up only after July 2019, stating that the case was being used to polarise the electorate with an eye on the polls.

However, the Supreme Court bench, headed by Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra and Justices Ashok Bhushan and S Abdul Nazeer adjourned the hearing in the Ayodhya case for February 8, 2018.

"The Sunni Waqf Board must be congratulated for their courageous stand on the matter and disassociating themselves from the statement of Kapil Sibal ji", the PM was quoted as saying by ANI.

Sunni Waqf Board member Haji Mehboob said that Kapil Sibal argued the case in the apex court as a Congress leader and not on behalf of the board. Why does he have to link Ram Mandir with elections?

However, Sibal clarified that he did not represent the Sunni Waqf Board, but one of the individuals in the case. "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. Slamming Congress, he further said, "If a road to solution is coming let it come.All should work towards a peaceful solution. but they (Congress party) are trying to create hurdles". We want a solution to the issue at the earliest.

"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".

"Sibal just gave his arguments on the political level, as they will lose the elections if they lose this case", Swamy said. The BJP is playing the role of "Manthara', raking up Kapil Sibal's stand on the hearing", Congress leader Randeep Surjewala said, while addressing the media. I request the PM to be a little more careful before making such public comments.

The Babri Masjid was built by Mughal emperor Babur in Ayodhya in 1528. Citing this, Hindu zealots demolished the mosque on December 06, 1992, triggering communal riots in various parts of the country.

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