As the Sunni Wakf Board separated itself from stance of its advocate Kapil Sibal on linking the 2019 national election with the Ram Mandir issue, Prime Minister Narendra Modi was all praise for the Sunni Wakf Board. Incidentally, it was also the 25th anniversary of the demolition of the structure in Uttar Pradesh's Ayodhya. "He is entitled to do that, but is it right for him to say postpone the hearing till 2019?" "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.
The Sunni Waqf Board dissociated itself from Sibal's suggestion.
"Why does he have to link a Ram Mandir (temple) with elections?"
Earlier in the day, the Supreme Court, however, deferred the commencement of final hearing in the Ayodhya dispute matter to February 8, 2018.
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. He said, "Does the Waqf Board fight elections? You want to keep the issue unresolved for political gains and losses in the elections?"
The Hindus, however, claim that a Ram temple that originally stood there was demolished to construct the mosque.
Board member Haji Mehboob said Sibal argued the case in the apex court as a Congress leader and not on behalf of the board. "They are least bothered about the nation". Are these thoughts of delaying the hearing for elections that of the Waqf Board? "With full confidence, we can say that we completely endorse what Sibal said", Jilani said. "The prime minister should decide if he is giving any direction to the Supreme Court?"
Union Law Minister Ravishankar Prasad said Kapil Sibal gave an irresponsible statement in the Supreme Court yesterday.He said Kapil Sibal must not forget that he has been the former law minister of the country.and he should give his arguments responsibly in sensitive cases.
Following this, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) Chief Amit Shah, in a press briefing, took a potshot at the Congress Party and its vice president, Rahul Gandhi, for adopting "double standard" in the matter.