PM Modi hits out at Kapil Sibal for linking Ayodhya issue with elections

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday accused the Congress of linking the Ram temple issue to the Lok Sabha elections and attacked senior leader Kapil Sibal’s arguments in the Supreme Court for deferring hearing the matter till after the 2019 polls.

Addressing a rally in Dhandhuka, Prime Minister Modi trained guns at the Congress over its leader Kapil Sibal’s arguments in the Supreme Court (SC) in the Ramajanambhoomi-Babri Masjid case.

“On Tuesday in the SC, 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 hearing till 2019? Why does he have to link a Ram Mandir with elections? Is such thinking proper,” the Prime Minister asked.

He also accused 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,” Modi said.

Modi’s remarks came a day after Sibal while representing the Sunni Waqf Board on Tuesday urged the Supreme Court to defer hearing in the Ayodhya title suit till July 2019 when the next Lok Sabha elections will be over.

However, the Court on Tuesday posted the case for hearing on February 8, 2018.

The Congress distanced itself from Sibal’s stand saying it does not represent the party’s stand.

Gujarat assembly polls will be held on December 9 and December 14.