On Babri anniversary, BJP puts Cong in Sibal corner

This is getting interesting!

After Congress threw Kapil Sibal under the bus saying that he is representing Sunni Wakf Board on Babri Masjid in his personal capacity, Sunni Wakf Board gets back with saying, we never asked for postponement of court proceedings, Congress did ?? — Sonam Mahajan (@AsYouNotWish) December 6, 2017   By then, Modi had moved on to Dahod. Addressing a meeting of party workers, Modi said: “The Sunni Waqf Board must be congratulated for their brave stand on the matter and disassociating themselves from the statement of Kapil Sibal ji.” Party president Amit Shah jumped into the fray, too. By Wednesday evening, the Sunni Waqf Board was leading a damage-control exercise. All the petitioners in the Babri Masjid-Ramjanmabhoomi case, including the Sunni Waqf Board, said that they totally support senior lawyer Kapil Sibals plea to the Supreme Court that the hearing of the case should be deferred till July 2019. They also emphasised that Haji Mehboob is neither a member of the Sunni Waqf Board nor does he represent the Board in any capacity. “Whatever Kapil Sibal saheb said in the Supreme Court yesterday (Tuesday) was said after thorough consideration and after taking us into confidence. We totally support his stand,” Zafaryab Jilani, a member of the Babri Masjid Action Committee, who is actively involved in the case since the beginning, said. Sibal, too, came out swinging, albeit a little late because it appeared that the damage had been done. The PM should “check his facts”, the Congress leader said. The All India Muslim Personal Law Board (AIMPLB), a leading plaintiff in the case that is also bearing the cost of litigation, also said that Sibal’s plea was right as the BJP would try to cash in on the Ram temple issue in the 2019 Lok Sabha elections. Modi’s remarks came a day after Sibal 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. However, the demand was brushed aside by the court as it fixed February 8, 2018 for commencing final hearing in the case. The Congress had distanced itself from Sibal’s stand saying it does not represent the party’s stand. The Gujarat Assembly polls will be held on December 9 and December 14.     The BJP wasn’t far behind Modi, rather outdoing him with a vicious, Padmavati-flavoured attack on Gandhi. “Rahul Gandhi has teamed up with Owaisis, Jilanis to oppose Ram temple in Ayodhya. Rahul Gandhi is certainly a “Babar Bhakt” and a “Kin of Khilji”. Babar is said to have destroyed the Ram temple in Ayodhya and the 13th century Khilji ruler plundered the Somnath temple. Zafaryab Jilani is convenor of the Babri Masjid Action Committee. “Nehru dynasty sided with both Islamic invaders. Travesty and perversity of dynasty!” Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) spokesperson G.V.L. Narasimha Rao said in a tweet. On Tuesday, All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen President Asaduddin Owaisi said the Sangh Parivar wants to use the Ram temple issue to save Narendra Modi in the 2019 general elections as “he has failed on all fronts”.  


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