Cong must clear its stand on Ram Mandir: Amit Shah

Pauline Gross
December 7, 2017

The prime minister also wondered why the Congress wanted to "create hurdles" when the Sunni Waqf Board, a party to the title dispute represented by Sibal, wanted resolution of the Ayodhya tangle.

As the Sunni Wakf Board separated itself from stance of its advocate Kapil Sibal on linking the 2019 national election with the Ram Mandir issue, Prime Minister Narendra Modi was all praise for the Sunni Wakf Board. "You want to keep the issue unresolved for political gains and losses in the elections?"

Addressing BJP workers during his Gujarat election campaign in Dahod, Modi said, "The Sunni Waqf Board must be congratulated for their fearless stand and for disassociating themselves from the statement of Kapil Sibal".

"I dont know, why the Congress wants to create hurdles when Shia Waqf Board, Sunni Waqf Board and those representing the Ram Janmabhoomi temple want to resolve the issue at the earliest", Modi said. The court, however, rejected that, and said it would hear the matter on February 8, 2018. Why does he have to link a Ram Mandir with elections? "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. "Yesterday, in the Supreme Court, Congress MP Kapil Sibal was arguing (which is his right) for the Babri Masjid". Prime Minister said, "I congratulate Sunni Waqf Board for their statement -- their statement is good and I welcome it". He is entitled to do that but is it right for him to say: postpone hearing till 2019?

Sunni Waqf Board accuses Kapil Sibal for wrong statement

He asked Congress president Sonia Gandhi and vice president Rahul Gandhi to take a stand on the Ramjanamabhoomi matter. Modi asked from the crowd.

Union Minister of Law and Justice Ravi Shankar Prasad on Wednesday questioned the Congress Party's stand on the controversial Ram Janmbhoomi matter. 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". In a statement to news agencies, Haji Mehboob, a litigant, said he was a member of the UP Sunni Wakf Board, and that Sibal was "our lawyer", but that his plea in court was "wrong". "It is certain that Sibal spoke in his capacity as a Congress leader, with the blessings of their high command". We want a speedy hearing and so do people of this country as they want a Ram temple soon.

Meanwhile, the Congress Party had, on Tuesday, furthered the war of words with the BJP and said it was raking up non-issues just to garner votes.

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