Why link Ram Mandir with elections? PM Modi questions Kapil Sibal

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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.

Speaking to ANI, Mehboob said: "Yes, Kapil Sibal is our lawyer, but he is also related to a political party".

A high voltage drama marked Tuesday's hearing with lawyers representing the Sunni Waqf Board and the Babri Masjid Action Committee, virtually threatening to walk out of the proceedings as the bench asked senior advocate C S Vaidyanathan, representing the deity Ram Lalla Virajman, to commence his submissions in the case. Prime Minister said, "I congratulate Sunni Waqf Board for their statement -- their statement is good and I welcome it".

"The Sunni Waqf Board must be congratulated for their fearless stand on the matter and disassociating themselves from the statement of Kapil Sibal ji", the PM was quoted as saying by ANI.

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The Supreme Court today chose to hear the civil appeals filed by various parties challenging the 2010 Allahabad High Court verdict on the Ram Janmabhoomi-Babri Masjid title dispute on February 8 next year.

Earlier in the day, PM Narendra Modi attacked Congress' Kapil Sibal for linking the Ram temple issue to the Lok Sabha elections. Now you are telling us that we should hear after July 2019.

Modi said he faced a similar situation during the Uttar Pradesh Assembly polls when his government had to make its stand clear on the contentious issue of "triple talaq" in the apex court.

"Rahul ji is visiting temples in Gujarat, on the other hand Sibal wants to delay the Ram Janmbhoomi case. To comment on it will be unfair", Congress leader Prithviraj Chavan told reporters at the party headquarters here. The same has been said by the law minister many times. The BJP is playing the role of "Manthara', raking up Kapil Sibal's stand on the hearing", Congress leader Randeep Surjewala said, while addressing the media.

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