As the Sunni Wakf Board separated itself from stance of its advocate Kapil Sibal on linking the 2019 national election with the Ram Mandir issue, Prime Minister Narendra Modi was all praise for the Sunni Wakf Board.
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 elections.
"As far as Ram Mandir is concerned (Modiji), it will be built when Lord Ram wants it to be built", said Sibal.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi brought up the developments in his rallies in Gujarat, saying, "Congress says it is his (Sibal's) personal opinion. They do not want that this matter should attain finality because that would debar them and take away the reason of doing appeasement politics", Bhatia further said.
Modi's remarks came a day after Sibal while representing the Sunni Waqf Board on Tuesday urged the Supreme Court to defer hearing in the Ayodhya title suit till July 2019 when the next Lok Sabha elections will be over. But the court did not agree and made a decision to hold regular hearings in the case starting the 8th of February next year.
However, Sibal clarified that he did not represent the Sunni Waqf Board, but one of the individuals in the case. This week will also see the first phase of polling for Assembly elections in Gujarat. His statement in the Supreme Court yesterday was wrong. we want a solution to the issue at the earliest, Haji Mehboob of the Sunni Waqf Board said.
"Does the Waqf Board fight elections?"
Sibal told the three-Judge Bench of the Court that all the exhibits were not filed before this Court. "He asked us to remove just two paragraphs from the draft which had references to rulings by a United States court", said Jilani. "With full confidence, we can say that we completely endorse what Sibal said", Jilani said.
Expressing his views over the "Ayodhya dispute", Congress leader and senior lawyer Kapil Sibal took.
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. Are these thoughts of delaying the hearing for elections that of the Waqf Board? It would have been better had the prime minister been more careful and checked the facts before saying so in public.