07 December, 2017
The Supreme Court had on Tuesday rejected the submission of the Sunni Waqf Board and some other Muslim organisations party to the case that the hearing of appeals in the sensitive Ram Janmabhoomi-Babri Masjid title dispute be conducted in July 2019 after the general elections and fixed February 8 to hear them.
Today marks the 25th anniversary of the demolition of the Babri Masjid- a seismic event in India's history and the matter is back in focus after the Supreme Court refused senior lawyer Kapil Sibal's plea to defer the hearing in the case.
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. "Now, the Congress links Ram mandir with the elections".
"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. "Whenever the Congress wants to take a different stand on an issue, it keeps Kapil Sibalji in the forefront". "Construction of Ram Temple is part of BJP manifesto in 2014, court should not fall into the trap", Sibal had said.
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.
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The High court, in 2010, had decided that the disputed land of 2.77 acre will be divided in three-way among the parties - the Sunni Waqf Board, the Nirmohi Akhara, and the Lord Ram Lalla. What does he mean, when he says don't hear the matter till 2019 as it will have an impact outside?
Before Modi, BJP chief Amit Shah asked soon-to-be Congress president Rahul Gandhi to clarify his stand on on Ram Mandir. 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. "And that the court will decide", Sibal added. Modi said now he understands why the Congress kept many issues unresolved, without elaborating but implying that it was done to derive political mileage.
The Congress has retorted by saying that Shah's statement was aimed at diverting attention from real issues in the Gujarat polls.
In the order, Sibal's name featured as a lawyer for the UP Sunni Waqf Board.