Sunni Waqf Board dismisses Sibal's plea in Ayodhya case


Lucknow, Dec 6 Major Muslim bodies today spoke in conflicting voices on the Ayodhya title suit with the UP Sunni Waqf Board against deferment of the hearing in the apex court till after the 2019 general elections and the AIMPLB saying the time was not right for the arguments to take place.

Though Sibal did not mention elections, it was apparent to all present that he wanted the court to hear the matter only after the 2019 elections to Lok Sabha.

Addressing a Press conference at Ahmedabad, Shah said a surprising stand was taken in the SC by Congress leader and Sunni Waqf Board lawyer Sibal that hearing should be deferred till after 2019 Lok Sabha polls.

Sibal, a former Union minister in the Congress-led United Progressive Alliance that governed India between 2004 and 2014, was appearing for one of the litigants in the case, but the Congress was quick to clarify on Wednesday that his plea was not consistent with its stand. "Or, is it the case that the board and the Congress are working in tandem?" he asked.

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"Yes, Kapil Sibal is our lawyer, but he is also related to a political party. No such directive had been given by the board", Chairman of the Uttar Pradesh Sunni Waqf Board Zafar Farooqui said. His statement in the court yesterday was wrong. "Modi government's law minister Ravi Shankar Prasad has himself said in Parliament and outside Parliament that the BJP will accept the Supreme Court order on the Ram temple construction", he said. "We want that the case is solved at the earliest", he stressed. "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.

"We have got nothing to do with his statement as we are not connected to any political party or do politics".

"Now Congress links Ram Mandir with elections". Attacking Shah, Surjewala said, "Will the BJP, RSS and Amit Shah tell the truth of allegations made by Nirmohi Akhada against the VHP in relation to a Rs 1,400 crore scam in the name of Ram temple?"