Congress Linking Ram Temple Issue with Elections: PM Modi

Kapil Sibal

BJP, Cong joust in public court

"He is entitled to do that but is it right for him to say postpone hearing till 2019?" said Modi.

"They are least bothered about the nation", the Prime Minister said while questioning the logic behind linking the Ram temple issue with the elections.

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.

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One of the Babri Masjid litigants, Haji Mehboob, on Wednesday said Muslims want early resolution of the decades-old dispute, contradicting Sunni Waqf Board lawyer Kapil Sibal's contention that the Supreme Court hearing on the matter be deferred till after the 2019 general elections.

Addressing the media at the BJP's media centre here, Shah, who cancelled all election meetings on Tuesday following the cyclone Ockhi alert, said, "BJP ki maang hai ki jaldi se jaldi Shri Ram Janmabhoomi case ki sunvai honi chahiye, sarvochha adalat ka faisla jald aana chahiye, aur wahan par ek bhavya Ram Mandir ka nirmaan hona chahiye. Is such thinking proper?"

Earlier, BJP chief Amit Shah had latched out at Sibal and Congress and asked party vice president Rahul Gandhi to clear the stand of its party on the Ram temple issue.

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The Congress is also hoping to bridge a gap of nearly 9 per cent vote share, the difference that led the BJP to victory in 2012. Significantly, the popularity of Prime Minister Narendra Modi has dipped by 18 points from 82% in August to 64% in November.

He asked Congress president Sonia Gandhi and vice president Rahul Gandhi to take a stand on the Ramjanamabhoomi matter. "Construction of Ram Temple is part of BJP manifesto in 2014, court should not fall into the trap", Sibal had said.

The Congress had distanced itself from Sibal's stand in the Supreme Court. "The Congress has double standards on the issue".

The 16th century Babri mosque was demolished in Ayodhya, Uttar Pradesh, 25 years ago today by Hindu karsevaks or volunteers who claimed that it was built where a temple marking the birthplace of Lord Ram had stood.

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Appearing for Sunni Waqf Board, Kapil Sibal had said the judgment of the case will political ramifications. About 2,000 people were killed in the deadly riots that followed the Babri masjid demolition.

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