DHANDHUKA, GUJARAT: After the head of the BJP, Amit Shah, Prime Minister Narendra Modi attacked Congress today on the request of his leader Kapil Sibal in the Supreme Court to postpone the hearing in the Ayodhya case until after the parliamentary elections of 2019 The prime minister said that although he “has no problems with Kapil Sibal representing Muslims”, he questioned his request to postpone the hearing until 2019, and asked: “Why do you have to link Ram Mandir with the elections? It occurs four days before the first phase of the assembly elections in Gujarat, where the BJP has accused the leader of the Congress, Rahul Gandhi, of visiting temples to obtain Hindu votes.
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1. PM Modi was heading to an election demonstration in Dhandhuka of Gujarat, when he got into Congress because of Sibal’s comments. “Now Congress links the Ram Mandir with the elections, they are less concerned about the nation,” he said.
2.Today 25 years ago, the Babri mosque of the 16th century was demolished in Ayodhya, Uttar Pradesh, by Hindu karsevaks or volunteers who claimed that it was built where a temple had been that marked the birthplace of Lord Ram.
3.The Supreme Court is listening to the claims of Hindus and Muslims to the disputed site.
4.Kapil Sibal, who is also a lawyer, represented the Sunni Waqf Supreme Court on Tuesday when he asked the judges to postpone the hearing in the Ram Janmabhoomi-Babri Masjid dispute until after the 2019 Lok Sabha elections, arguing that the BJP has said “The Ram temple will be built before 2019 by legal means … They want to make it part of their electoral manifesto and the court should not fall into the trap.”
5.The Supreme Court rejected his appeal and said it would begin the final hearings on February 8 over a batch of petitions that have challenged a 2010 High Court ruling in Allahabad that divided the disputed site into three parts: one for the Hindu group Nirmohi Akhara , the Ram Lalla or the infant Lord Ram represented by the Hindu Mahasabha, and the Sunni Waqf Board that handles properties owned by Sunni Muslims.
6.All parties have challenged the Supreme Court verdict in the Supreme Court.
7.Congress has distanced itself from Mr. Sibal’s comments, saying that “whoever represents before the courts is the personal matter of Kapil Sibal, Congress has nothing to do with that.” Congress spokesman Randeep Surjewala also said that his party’s position “has always been clear, that the Ayodhya case will be decided by the Supreme Court.”
8.Surjewala was responding to the head of the BJP, Amit Shah, who said that Congress and its chief Rahul Gandhi should clarify their position in the Ram temple. The BJP, said Shah, clearly wants the dispute resolved as soon as possible. “The Supreme Court should issue a trial and a large Ram temple should be built in Ayodhya,” he said.
9.Mr. Shah also referred to the frequent visits of Rahul Gandhi to the temples during his campaign in Gujarat. “On the one hand, the temples are being visited before the elections, on the other hand, they are trying to delay the hearing of the Ram Janmabhoomi case, and the Congress has a double standard on the issue,” said the BJP chief.
10.Gujarat votes for a new government on December 9 and 14 and votes will be counted on December 18. The BJP has governed the state for the past 22 years.