Sunni Waqf Board rejects Sibal's plea


"As far as Ram Mandir is concerned (Modiji), it will be built when Lord Ram wants it to be built", said Sibal. Prime Minister said, "I congratulate Sunni Waqf Board for their statement -- their statement is good and I welcome it".

Addressing BJP workers during his Gujarat election campaign in Dahod, Modi said, "The Sunni Waqf Board must be congratulated for their courageous stand and for disassociating themselves from the statement of Kapil Sibal".

The stakeholders in the case had moved the apex court after the Allahabad HC directed the Sunni Waqf Board, the Nirmohi Akhara and the Lord Ram Lalla to settle for a three-way division of the disputed site. The chairman of the body, Zufar Ahmed Farooqui said Sibal wasn't the board's lawyer and that Mehboob himself was not a member of the board, "but an individual party to the matter". But look at the priorities of the Prime Minister.

He said issuing statements would not help India as it would take the nation towards more controversies.

"We believe in the Lord, we don't believe in you (Modiji)".

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday welcomed the statement from the Sunni Waqf Board that the pleading made by their counsel Kapil Sibal in the Supreme Court to defer the hearing on Ram Janmabhoomi-Babri Masjid dispute till 2019 was "erroneous"."You tell me what 2019 general elections have to do with Ram temple at Ayodhya", Mr Modi asked the gathering."I congratulate Sunni Waqf Board, I am also grateful to them". He has the right to do it and we do not have any problem with it.

He also accused the Congress of linking the Ram temple issue with the elections.

This comes a day after Congress leader and senior lawyer Kapil Sibal asked the top court for a July 2019 date for the next hearing of the long-standing Ayodhya matter, citing political ramifications owing to the general elections in 2019. Modi said now he understands why the Congress kept many issues unresolved, without elaborating but implying that it was done to derive political mileage. Are these thoughts of delaying the hearing for elections that of the Waqf Board?

"Does the Waqf Board fight elections?" "We want a solution to the issue (case) at the earliest", he added. Modi asked at a rally in Gujarat's Dhandhuka.

Union Minister of Law and Justice Ravi Shankar Prasad on Wednesday questioned the Congress Party's stand on the controversial Ram Janmbhoomi matter.