Sunni Waqf Board rejects Sibal's plea

It said it had not issued any instruction to Sibal to seek shifting of hearing till after the general elections.

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.

"Congress is clear that the matter is before the Supreme Court and our party will support whatever the court says".

The stakeholders in the case had moved the apex court after the Allahabad HC directed the Sunni Waqf Board, the Nirmohi Akhara and the Lord Ram Lalla to settle for a three-way division of the disputed site.

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".

BJP president Amit Shah accused the Congress of adopting double standards saying Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi is visiting temples but its senior leader Kapil Sibal is being used by the party to delay the Ayodhya case.

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On the campaign trail in Gujarat, Modi recalled how his government chose to oppose "triple talaq" in the Supreme Court risking a possible backlash in the Uttar Pradesh Assembly elections. "Yesterday, Sibal advocated the cause of the Muslim community". You can present your argument quoting all facts and laws to save Babri Masjid.

On the 25th anniversary of Babri Masjid demolition, a talk titled "Why Ram Mandir in Ayodhya?' was scheduled to be held at the Koyna Hostel in Jawaharlal Nehru University".

Modi said he faced a similar situation ahead of the Uttar Pradesh polls regarding triple talaq.

"Does the Waqf Board fight elections?"

Sibal, a former Union minister in the Congress-led United Progressive Alliance that governed India between 2004 and 2014, was appearing for one of the litigants in the case, but the Congress was quick to clarify on Wednesday that his plea was not consistent with its stand.

"Now Congress links Ram Mandir with elections". "Whenever the Congress wants to take a different stand on an issue, it keeps Kapil Sibalji in the forefront". Modi asked the Congress.

  • Sonia Alvarado