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

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

Amit Shah post Sunni Waqf Board's statement that they want the case to be hear soon, said that Kapil Sibal was representing Congress view in Supreme Court on the behest of 'High Command'.

Sibal had, yesterday, demanded for the next hearing in the case to be held only in July 2019 after the completion of the next Lok Sabha polls, citing political ramifications.

The Supreme Court had fixed the next hearing for the long-standing matter for February 8, 2018.

Reacting to the development, Prime Minister Narendra Modi congratulated the Sunni Waqf Board, saying, "Everyone wants a time-bound solution, except the Congress and its leaders".

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 Waqf Board said it wanted speedy justice in the case and was not in favour of deferment.

Swamy further said that the hearing for Babri Masjid-Ram Janmbhoomi had begun where both parties had to put their positions before court, but Kapil Sibal said that the court can not proceed since they have not received all the documents. "The prime minister should decide if he is giving any direction to the Supreme Court", Sharma said.

"Yes, Kapil Sibal is our lawyer, but he is also related to a political party. You want to keep the issue unresolved for political gain and losses in the elections?"

"As the representative body (of Muslims), the board endorses and confirms the said statement of the counsels made in court", it said in a statement. "We have got nothing to do with his statement", Mehboob said. "He is entitled to do that, but is it right for him to say postpone hearing till 2019?" "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. It said it had not issued any instruction to Sibal to seek shifting of hearing till after the general elections. Modi asked the Congress. "We want to know whether or not the Congress party wants a speedy verdict on the Ram Temple".

"The PM did not check the fact that actually I never represented the Sunni Waqf Board in the Supreme Court and yet he thanked them".