Dhandhuka/New Delhi: Senior lawyer Kapil Sibal’s demand that the Ram Janambhoomi-Babri Masjid dispute should be heard after the 2019 general elections triggered a major political storm on Wednesday with Prime Minister Narendra Modi attacking the Congress and congratulating the Sunni Waqf Board for distancing itself from Sibal’s plea.
However, Sibal clarified that he did not represent the Sunni Waqf Board, but one of the individuals in the case.
It all started with Modi repeatedly citing the statement made by Sibal in the apex court that the hearing in the Babri Masjid case be deferred till after 2019 Lok Sabha elections.
“Yesterday in the Supreme Court, a Congress MP, Kapil Sibal, was arguing which is his right for the Babri Masjid. He is entitled to do that, but is it right for him to say postpone the hearing till 2019?” Modi said.
“Why does he have to link a Ram Mandir with elections? Is such thinking proper?” Modi asked, accusing the Congress of linking the Ram temple issue with the elections.
“Now Congress links Ram Mandir with elections. They are least bothered about the nation.”
The Congress on Tuesday night distanced itself from Sibal’s stand saying it does not represent the party’s view.
Throughout the day there were statements made by leading activists of the Muslim community.
Haji Mehboob, one of the litigants, said Muslims want resolution of the dispute at the earliest, differing from Sibal’s stand.
But some of the petitioners in the case said they support Sibal’s plea.
They also emphasised that Mehboob is neither a member of the Sunni Waqf Board nor does he represent the Board in any capacity.