PM Modi, Congress spar on poll impact of Ayodhya case

Amit Shah asks Congress to clarify Kapil Sibal's stand in SC

BJP President Amit Shah

In a fresh twist in the Ram Janmabhoomi-Babri Masjid dispute, the Sunni Waqf Board on Wednesday said that they differ with senior lawyer Kapil Sibal's arguments in the Supreme Court seeking postponement of hearing in the matter till the 2019 polls, saying they favour an immediate solution to the long-standing dispute.

He also said that the true character of the party was revealed the way one of its leaders pitched to extend the dates of the Ayodhya matter hearing.

Mr Sibal was quick to hit back, saying the Prime Minister was factually wrong in stating that he represented the Sunni Waqf Board in the court.

On the 25th anniversary of Babri Masjid demolition, a talk titled "Why Ram Mandir in Ayodhya?' was scheduled to be held at the Koyna Hostel in Jawaharlal Nehru University".

The stakeholders in the case had moved the apex court after the Allahabad HC directed the Sunni Waqf Board, the Nirmohi Akhara and the Lord Ram Lalla to settle for a three-way division of the disputed site. Surjewala said that the BJP has stated in its manifesto that it will act in line with the Supreme Court order. "You want to keep the issue unresolved for political gain and losses in the elections?"

Swamy further said that the hearing for Babri Masjid-Ram Janmbhoomi had begun where both parties had to put their positions before court, but Kapil Sibal said that the court can not proceed since they have not received all the documents. "He is entitled to do that, but is it right for him to say postpone hearing till 2019?"

"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. "I also appeal to Rahul ji to tell us what his view on this is", said the BJP chief.

Union Minister of Law and Justice Ravi Shankar Prasad on Wednesday questioned the Congress Party's stand on the controversial Ram Janmbhoomi matter.

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. Modi asked from the crowd. "They are least bothered about the nation".

"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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