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

SC adjourns hearing in Ayodhya dispute case to February 2018

Modi was referring to the lawyer Kapil Sibal's plea in the Supreme Court on Tuesday asking that the case not be heard before the 2019 elections because its outcome could have a bearing on that poll.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi has congratulated the Sunni Waqf Board for disassociating itself from its lawyer Kapil Sibal's contention that the hearing in the Supreme Court on the Ayodhya lawsuit over the title to the disputed Ramjanmabhoomi-Babri Masjid site be deferred till July 2019.

Modi questioned Sibal as to why is the Congress leader linking the Ram Mandir case with elections.

Under attack, Sibal claimed he did not represent the Sunni Waqf Board in the Ayodhya case in the Supreme Court, and mounted a counteroffensive against Modi, saying he should have checked the facts before criticising him.

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Board member Haji Mehboob said Sibal argued the case in the apex court as a Congress leader and not on behalf of the board. "We want that the case is solved at the earliest", he stressed. "The prime minister should decide if he is giving any direction to the Supreme Court", Sharma said.

"Yes Kapil Sibal is our lawyer but he is also related to a political party, his statement in SC yesterday was wrong, we want a solution to the issue at the earliest", he added. "Everybody said that if we take a stand against it, we will face a backlash in the UP elections, but we took a stand and the Supreme Court asked us to form a law in six months", he said.

Swamy further said that the hearing for Babri Masjid-Ram Janmbhoomi had begun where both parties had to put their positions before court, but Kapil Sibal said that the court can not proceed since they have not received all the documents. "It is our appeal to the soon-to-be-crowned Congress president Rahul Gandhi, who is visiting temples in Gujarat these days, to clear his stand on the Shri Ram Mandir and explain to the people why is Sibal praying for a delayed verdict just when the translation work of voluminous court documents is over", he said.

"But you dare say that the case should not be heard till 2019 elections".

Modi said he faced a similar situation ahead of the Uttar Pradesh polls regarding triple talaq.