Modi praises Sunni Board's stance on Ram Mandir hearing issue

Violet Powell
December 7, 2017

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.

The Congress was quick to hit back. "Do you want to keep the issue unresolved for political gain or loss in the elections?" he asked the Congress.

Under attack, Sibal claimed he did not represent the Sunni Waqf Board in the Ayodhya case in the Supreme Court, and mounted a counteroffensive against Modi, saying he should have checked the facts before criticising him.

Watch accompanying video for more details. It said it had not issued any instruction to Sibal to seek shifting of hearing till after the general elections. "I was never a Sunni Waqf Board lawyer". We want a solution to the issue at the earliest. "No such directive had been given by the board", Chairman of the Sunni Waqf Board Zafar Farooqui said in Lucknow.

Meanwhile, UP Sunni Waqf Board, a party to the case, said it was against such a move and wanted the matter to be disposed of "promptly". "Or, is it the case that the board and the Congress are working in tandem?" he asked. "The Congress should also clear its position", Shah said.

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The prime minister added that every six months there were elections in one place in the country or another. 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.

The All India Muslim Personal Law Board, an influential body representing Muslims, however, backed Sibal and said this "is not the right time to take up the matter for final hearing". Why does he have to link a Ram Mandir with elections?

Speaking on the issue of "triple talaq", Modi said "When the matter was in the Supreme Court, the Government had to put their affidavit".

"The Congress party has not only done injustice to Sardar Patel, but to Babasaheb Ambedkar as well".

On the cyclone Ockhi dissipating and sparing the state any devastation, Modi mocked the opposition partys slogan for the Gujarat elections, which said Congress ave che (Congress is coming). But all of them turn cold when they try to come close to Gujarat. "They are least bothered about the nation", Modi said.

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