Now, PM welcomes Sunni Waqf Board statement 'disowning' Sibal

Marsha Scott
December 7, 2017

Lucknow, Dec 6 Major Muslim bodies today spoke in conflicting voices on the Ayodhya title suit with the UP Sunni Waqf Board against deferment of the hearing in the apex court till after the 2019 general elections and the AIMPLB saying the time was not right for the arguments to take place.

Meanwhile, PM Narendra Modi accused the Congress of linking the Ram Mandir issue with Lok Sabha elections.

The Congress was quick to hit back. Reacting to Shah's comments against senior Congress leader Kapil Sibal representing the Waqf Board in the dispute, Surjewala said: "BJP leader and finance minister Arun Jaitley represented the American company responsible for the Bhopal gas tragedy in which 4,000 persons lost their lives".

Watch accompanying video for more details. Regarding the entire controversy, Sibal said that, " Will discussion on my going to the court & representing someone solve serious problems in the country?

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

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Another party to the case, Haji Mehboob said he also wanted early disposal of the matter and did not approve of Sibal's stand.

"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". "Construction of Ram Temple is part of BJP manifesto in 2014, court should not fall into the trap", Sibal had said.

Earlier, Haji Mehboob from the Sunni Waqf Board, the petitioner in the case, clarified his stand on the issue by saying that the board has nothing to do with Sibal's statement even though he is representing them in the matter.

"But you dare say that the case should not be heard till 2019 elections". The stakeholders in the case had moved the top court after the Allahabad High Court directed the Sunni Waqf Board, the Nirmohi Akhara and the Lord Ram Lalla to settle for a three-way division of the disputed site. "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.

Other reports by MaliBehiribAe

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