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December 18 2017, 02:52 | Irvin Gilbert
Kapil Sibal is representing the Sunni Waqf Board in the case
In a fresh twist in the Ram Janmabhoomi-Babri Masjid dispute, the Sunni Waqf Board on Wednesday said that they differ with senior lawyer Kapil Sibal's arguments in the Supreme Court seeking postponement of hearing in the matter till the 2019 polls, saying they favour an immediate solution to the long-standing dispute.
Sibal had on Tuesday urged the court to take up the 25-year-old matter up only after July 2019, stating that the case was being used to polarise the electorate with an eye on the polls.
Though Sibal did not mention elections, it was apparent to all present that he wanted the court to hear the matter only after the 2019 elections to Lok Sabha.
"Now Congress links Ram Mandir with elections".
Prime Minister Narendra Modi attacked the Congress and congratulated the Sunni Waqf Board for distancing itself from Sibal's plea. "Do you want to keep the issue unresolved for political gain or loss in the elections?" he asked the Congress. "We want that the case is solved at the earliest", he stressed. "No such directive had been given by the board", Chairman of the Uttar Pradesh Sunni Waqf Board Zafar Farooqui said. 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".
"Congress" stand has always been clear, that the Ayodhya matter will be heard and decided by the Supreme Court. "On one hand, he is visiting all the temples in Gujarat and trying to misguide the Hindus and on the other hand another, a Congress leader is trying to extend the hearing date of the Ayodhya dispute hearing", Adityanath told ANI. I do not know on whose behalf the counsel for the Muslims appearing in the apex court, Kapil Sibal had stated this.
In the order, Sibal's name featured as a lawyer for the UP Sunni Waqf Board.
The Congress Party then furthered the war of words and said the BJP was raking up non-issues just to garner votes.
The stakeholders in the case had moved the apex court after the Allahabad HC directed the Sunni Waqf Board, the Nirmohi Akhara and the Lord Ram Lalla to settle for a three-way division of the disputed site. "They are least bothered about the nation".