Sunni Waqf Board rejects Sibal's plea

Aaron Brown
December 7, 2017

Senior Congress leader Kapil Sibal on Wednesday in a dig at Prime Minister Narendra Modi said that Ram Mandir will be built "when Lord Rama wants it and Modi will not build the temple".

"Now that Sunni Waqf Board has said that they don't agree with what Kapil Sibal said in court, it is certain that Sibal spoke in his capacity as a Congress leader, with the blessings of their high command".

Dr Swamy on Wednesday castigated Congress leader and lawyer Kapil Sibal, who is representing the Sunni Waqf Board, saying that the latter tried to give Ram temple case a political angle in the court.

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.

This is published unedited from the PTI feed.

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Modi was referring to the lawyer Kapil Sibal's plea in the Supreme Court on Tuesday asking that the case not be heard before the 2019 elections because its outcome could have a bearing on that poll.

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. We want a solution to the issue at the earliest.

The Congress had distanced itself from Sibal's stand in the Supreme Court.

The All India Muslim Personal Law Board (AIMPLB), which is not a party to the case, however, favoured deferring the hearing till after the next general elections claiming that the time was not right for the same now. Modi asked at a rally in Gujarat's Dhandhuka. Is such thinking proper? Modi said now he understands why the Congress kept many issues unresolved, without elaborating but implying that it was done to derive political mileage. Slamming Congress, he further said, "If a road to solution is coming let it come.All should work towards a peaceful solution. but they (Congress party) are trying to create hurdles".

To a question on Sunni Waqf Board's position, Rehmani said that he has not had any talk with it in this regard.

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