Ravi Shankar Prasad questions Congress' stand on Ram Janmbhoomi case

Posted December 08, 2017

Sibal said that since it's a sensitive matter and the issue is used to polarise voters, a verdict before the Lok Sabha elections wouldn't be fair.

The Congress had distanced itself from Sibal's stand in the Supreme Court.

"The hearing was taken up for the first time yesterday and BJP president Amit Shah gave reaction on Sibal's statement", he said, adding that this in itself was indicative of what will happen if the hearing was taken up on a daily basis. "You want to stop the hearing of Ram temple (issue) in the name of elections", Modi told a well attended election rally here in Ahmedabad district. Incidentally, it was also the 25th anniversary of the demolition of the structure in Uttar Pradesh's Ayodhya.

Speaking to ANI, Mehboob had earlier said, "Yes, Kapil Sibal is our lawyer, but he is also related to a political party".

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Sibal, a former Union minister in the Congress-led United Progressive Alliance that governed India between 2004 and 2014, was appearing for one of the litigants in the case, but the Congress was quick to clarify on Wednesday that his plea was not consistent with its stand.

"I want to question the Congress Party and explain if it wants the Ram Janmbhoomi matter to be heard at the earliest or not", he asked.

"Why does he have to link a Ram Mandir (temple) with elections? It doesn't behove the status of a Prime Minister", Sibal said.

The Supreme Court deferred the hearing in the case for February 8, 2018, following which, a controversy erupted wherein the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) attacked the Congress Party and Sibal of adopting a double standard on the issue and politicising it.

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The Hindus, however, claim that a Ram temple that originally stood there was demolished to construct the mosque.

To this end, Surjewala said, "Who he represents in the court is Kapil Sibal's personal matter, the Congress Party has got nothing to do with it. Arun Jaitley ji was the lawyer in the Bhopal gas tragedy matter".

Board member Haji Mehboob said Sibal argued the case in the apex court as a Congress leader and not on behalf of the board. Are these thoughts of delaying the hearing for elections that of the Waqf Board?

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