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Modi praises Sunni Board's stance on Ram Mandir hearing issue

Modi praises Sunni Board's stance on Ram Mandir hearing issue

The Sunni Waqf Board on Wednesday distanced itself from its counsel Kapil Sibal's submission to the Supreme Court that the hearing of the Ram Janmabhoomi-Babri Masjid case is held after 2019 Lok Sabha elections. But other litigants - All India Muslim Personal Law Board, Babri Masjid Action Committee, and Ayodhya resident late Hashim Ansari's son Iqbal Ansari - endorsed Sibal's stand, saying that the plea of deferment was made after due consultations.

Deferring the judgment, he said, will ensure parties don't use the issue or the verdict as a poll plank for the parliamentary elections.

Speaking on the same, Ravi Shankar Prasad said, "As a lawyer, Kapil Sibal can argue any matter but he should not forget that he has been the law minister in the past".

The Supreme Court yesterday fixed the next hearing for the long-standingCmatter for Feb.8, 2018. "We have got nothing to do with his statement", Mehboob said.

"I want to question the Congress Party and explain if it wants the Ram Janmbhoomi matter to be heard at the earliest or not", he asked. In this case, advocate Syed Shahid Hussain Rizvi, who is the AoR for UP Sunni Waqf Board, had signed an appearance slip clearly mentioning that Sibal appeared for the board on Thursday.

Congress leader Rahul Gandhi yesterday took a swipe at Prime Minister Narendra Modi, saying that "unlike Narendrabhai" he was human and could err.

Campaigning for Gujarat Assembly election, PM Modi too launched an offensive.

Modi attacked Sibal for linking the Ram temple issue to the Lok Sabha elections. "Is such thinking proper?" "Shameful posturing by Congress on the Ram temple issue!"

"Why does he have to link a Ram mandir (temple) with the elections. They are least bothered about the nation".

PM was quick to congratulate Mehboob and the Waqf Board for exposing the Congress design through Sibal even before the Board sought to clarify that Mehboob had no locus standi in the organisation. The Congress vice president had put out a tweet on Tuesday carrying erroneous percentages to depict a rise in the prices of essential commodities in a graphic and asked the prime minister whether his government was "for the rich".