Gujarat elections: Why Congress is linking Ram Mandir to polls, asks Modi

SC adjourns hearing in Ayodhya dispute case to February 2018

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.

Reacting swiftly to BJP president Amit Shah's allegations on the Congress's stand on Ram temple in Ayodhya, Randeep Surjewala and Pawan Khera, the national spokespersons of the Congress, said that the Congress stand on the Ram temple was similar to the BJP's - the readiness to accept the verdict of the Supreme Court.

Kapil Sibal argued the case in Supreme Court as a Congress leader and not on behalf of the board, Sunni Waqf Board member Haji Mehboob said. When Lord Ram wants it the temple will be built wherever, whenever. "Whenever the Congress wants to take a different stand on an issue, it keeps Kapil Sibalji in the forefront". Regarding the entire controversy, Sibal said that, " Will discussion on my going to the court & representing someone solve serious problems in the country? Indeed, even in this instance, Sibal, Rajeev Dhavan, and Dushyant Dave were appearing for the litigants, and the Waqf Board could be backing off now because it doesn't want to be embroiled in a controversy, said a lawyer appearing for one of the litigants on condition of anonymity. His statement in the court yesterday was wrong.

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Addressing BJP workers during his Gujarat election campaign in Dahod, Modi said, "The Sunni Waqf Board must be congratulated for their courageous stand and for disassociating themselves from the statement of Kapil Sibal". "He is entitled to do that, but is it right for him to say postpone hearing till 2019?" "We have got nothing to do with his statement", Mehboob said. Modi asked from the crowd. "Shameful posturing by Congress on Ram Temple issue!" he said in a tweet.

"The Congress stand has always been clear, that Ayodhya case will be decided by SC, same has been said by the Law Minister many times". "Now, the Congress links Ram mandir with the elections". The stakeholders in the case had moved the top court after the Allahabad High Court 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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