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Sunni Waqf Board rejects Sibal's plea

Sunni Waqf Board rejects Sibal's plea

The Supreme Court had on Tuesday rejected the submission of the Sunni Waqf Board and some other Muslim organisations party to the case that the hearing of appeals in the sensitive Ram Janmabhoomi-Babri Masjid title dispute be conducted in July 2019 after the general elections and fixed February 8 to hear them.

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".

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".

Modi attacked Sibal for linking the Ram temple issue to the Lok Sabha elections. "And that the court will decide", Sibal added.

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".

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. "Yesterday, in the Supreme Court, Congress MP Kapil Sibal was arguing (which is his right) for the Babri Masjid".

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"When the triple talaq matter was in Supreme Court, the government had to put their affidavit, newspapers commented that Modi will remain silent because of UP polls".

However, Sibal clarified that he did not represent the Sunni Waqf Board, but one of the individuals in the case. Surjewala, who was addressing mediapersons in Ahmedabad, said: "The Congress party wants that the court give its verdict on the Ram temple construction as early as possible".

"Does the Waqf Board fight elections? Or, is it the case that the board and the Congress are working in tandem?" he asked. "Congress should answer." the PM said. Modi said now he understands why the Congress kept many issues unresolved, without elaborating but implying that it was done to derive political mileage.

His contention was, however, not accepted by the court which made a decision to hear the matter on February 8 next year.

"Everybody was saying that if we take a stand against it, we will face a backlash in the UP elections, but we took a stand and the Supreme Court asked us to form a law in six months", he said.


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