Modi lacerates Sibal over Ayodhya case deferment plea

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"The Sunni Waqf Board must be congratulated for their fearless stand on the matter and disassociating themselves from the statement of Kapil Sibal ji", the PM was quoted as saying by ANI.

Following the Sibal's statement, Congress distanced itself from the leader's stand, saying that it is his personal opinion.

Jilani also said the All India Muslim Personal Law Board, which is handling the legal case along with the team of senior advocates, including Sibal, completely backs Sibal's statement in the court.

Sibal had presented the view that this judgment would affect 2019 elections which is why the verdict should be delayed till then.

A three-judge bench of the Allahabad High Court, in a 2:1 majority ruling, had in 2010 ordered that the land in the sensitive Ram Janmabhoomi-Babri Masjid title dispute be partitioned equally among three parties - the Sunni Waqf Board, the Nirmohi Akhara and Ram Lalla. The special apex court bench is hearing a total of 14 appeals filed against the high court judgment in four civil suits. He further said: "Kapil Sibal, who represents Sunni Wakf Board in the case, sought adjournment of the case till 2019, after the Lok Sabha polls".

He was responding toAmit Shah's latching on to lawyer and Congress leader Kapil Sibal's plea for deferring hearing the Ramjanambhoomi dispute case till after the 2019 Lok Sabha elections and asking party Vice President Rahul Gandhi to clear the Congress stand on the Ram temple issue. They want to make it as an election manifesto and the court should not fall into the trap. "Instead, they are diverting the attention of the people from the real issues", he said.

"Now Congress links Ram Mandir with elections".

Chavan said the people of Gujarat would vote on the basis of the BJP's performance over the last 22 years in the state. He questioned. Congress, in response to the BJP's accusations, clarified that it has always maintained that it will abide by the decision of the Supreme Court. BJP chief Amit Shah is trying to garner votes in the name of Lord Rama. Addressing a press conference in Ahmedabad, Amit Shah said: "The SC has started hearing the Ram Janma Bhoomi case".

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