Now, PM welcomes Sunni Waqf Board statement 'disowning' Sibal

Randeep Surjewala also asserted party's stand that it will always stand by Supreme Court's verdict in the matter

Sibal had in the apex court said that the Ram Janambhoomi-Babri Masjid dispute should be heard after the 2019 general elections, which triggered a major political storm.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday lashed out at the Congress for linking the Babri Masjid-Ram Janmabhoomi case to the 2019 elections, making Ayodhya one of the talking points of his election campaign in Ahmedabad.

Mr Sibal had told the Supreme Court on Tuesday that since the court's decision in the case would have very serious ramifications, the hearing should be deferred till July 2019 by which time the general election will be over.

The Supreme Court had fixed the next hearing for the long-standing matter for February 8, 2018. The elections in the country are being fought by the Congress party. "Whenever the Congress wants to take a different stand on an issue, it keeps Kapil Sibalji in the forefront".

Earlier, Haji Mehboob from the Sunni Waqf Board, the petitioner in the case, clarified his stand on the issue by saying that the board has nothing to do with Sibal's statement even though he is representing them in the matter. He, however, noted that the Congress has said the views expressed by Sibal, who represents the Sunni Waqf Board in the case in the Supreme Court, were his own. Modi asked at a rally in Gujarat's Dhandhuka. "The Congress has a clear stand on Ram temple construction; like all parties, the Congress party will accept whatever verdict the Supreme Court delivers". Reacting to Shah's comments against senior Congress leader Kapil Sibal representing the Waqf Board in the dispute, Surjewala said: "BJP leader and finance minister Arun Jaitley represented the American company responsible for the Bhopal gas tragedy in which 4,000 persons lost their lives".

The UP Sunni Wakf Board was quicker to dissociate itself from not just Sibal, but also Mehboob.

Regarding the timing of building a Ram temple in Ayodhya, Sibal said, " We believe in the Lord, we don't believe in you Modi ji. I do not know on whose behalf the counsel for the Muslims appearing in the apex court, Kapil Sibal had stated this. BJP chief Amit Shah is trying to garner votes in the name of Lord Rama. "Modi government's law minister Ravi Shankar Prasad has himself said in Parliament and outside Parliament that the BJP will accept the Supreme Court order on the Ram temple construction", he said.

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