Senior Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Gaurav Bhatia on Thursday lashed out at Congress leader Kapil Sibal over his statement that he did not represent the Sunni Waqf Board during the Ayodhya dispute hearing and said the Congress Party was famous for doing appeasement politics.
PM Modi welcomed the stance of Sunni Wakf Board that the case should be redressed in a time bound manner.
The Supreme Court yesterday rejected the vehement submission of Sunni Waqf Board and others that hearing of appeals in the sensitive Ram Janmabhoomi-Babri Masjid title dispute be conducted in July 2019 after the general elections and fixed February 8 to hear them.
The Congress distanced itself from Sibal's stand saying it does not represent the party's stand.
The note emphasised that in case of a day-to-day hearing, the atmosphere of the country could be communalised and could also have an impact on the parliamentary elections. "The stand was taken in consultation with senior members of the Board who had held a meeting in New Delhi in this connection on December 4", Zafaryab Jilani, who is also a senior counsel, told PTI here. Modi asked, accusing the Congress of linking the Ram temple issue with the elections. Prime Minister Narendra Modi, while addressing a rally in Gujarat, repeatedly attacked the Congress over the issue. "And that the court will decide", Sibal added. "They are least bothered about the nation". The Sunni Waqf Board dubbed Sibal's demand as incorrect and said it too wants the earliest solution to the Ayodhya tangle.
The High court, in 2010, had decided that the disputed land of 2.77 acre will be divided in three-way among the parties - the Sunni Waqf Board, the Nirmohi Akhara, and the Lord Ram Lalla. "We want to unite the society, but he wants to divide it", Sibal said.
"Does the Waqf Board fight elections?" "Now, the Congress links Ram mandir with the elections". Sibal said he appeared on behalf of Iqbal Ansari, son of the late Hashim Ansari, the original litigant in the case.
"When Sibal asked that, the Congress says it is Sibal's personal and individual issue". "Sibal presented the view that this judgment would affect 2019 elections". Are these thoughts of delaying the hearing for elections that of the Waqf Board? "I request the PM to be a little more careful before making such public comments".