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"Yesterday, in the Supreme Court, Congress MP Kapil Sibal was arguing (which is his right) for the Babri Masjid". Incidentally, it was also the 25th anniversary of the demolition of the structure in Uttar Pradesh's Ayodhya.

PM was quick to congratulate Mehboob and the Waqf Board for exposing the Congress design through Sibal even before the Board sought to clarify that Mehboob had no locus standi in the organisation. We want an early decision from the court.

Senior advocate Kapil Sibal, appearing for the Sunni Waqf Board, had said in the Supreme Court on Wednesday that the appeals in the Ram Janmabhoomi-Babri Masjid case be heard in July 2019 after the completion of the next Lok Sabha polls as the atmosphere at present was not conducive for the proceedings.

Sibal said that since it's a sensitive matter and the issue is used to polarise voters, a verdict before the Lok Sabha elections wouldn't be fair. "Everybody said 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.

"Why does he have to link a Ram Mandir (temple) with elections?"

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi unleashed a tirade against Sibal and Congress over "the cause of the Muslim community" and suggestion "to stop the hearing of Ram temple (issue) in the name of elections". "The prime minister should decide if he is giving any direction to the Supreme Court?"

"Now Congress links Ram Mandir with elections. They are trying delay the hearing of the case".

Haji Mehboob's remarks lend credence to the Bharatiya Janata Party's allegation that Sibal behaved as an agent for the Congress party in the Supreme Court rather than as an agent for the Sunni Waqf Board who was seeking a resolution of the long-standing dispute.

Congress leader Kapil Sibal hit back at Modi, saying that he ought to check facts before making statements.

Surjewala's attack at the BJP comes after 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.


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