"Rahul ji is visiting temples in Gujarat, on the other hand Sibal wants to delay the Ram Janmbhoomi case".
Sibal had, yesterday, demanded for the next hearing in the case to be held only in July 2019 after the completion of the next Lok Sabha polls, citing political ramifications.
Reacting swiftly to BJP president Amit Shah's allegations on the Congress's stand on Ram temple in Ayodhya, Randeep Surjewala and Pawan Khera, the national spokespersons of the Congress, said that the Congress stand on the Ram temple was similar to the BJP's - the readiness to accept the verdict of the Supreme Court. "I was never a Sunni Waqf Board lawyer". The chairman of the body, Zufar Ahmed Farooqui said Sibal wasn't the board's lawyer and that Mehboob himself was not a member of the board, "but an individual party to the matter".
Prime Minister Narendra Modi today castigated senior Congress leader and lawyer Kapil Sibal for seeking deferment of hearing of the Ram Janmabhoomi- Babri Masjid title dispute till after the 2019 general elections, and wondered if such an issue should be kept unresolved for political gains and losses.
Amit Shah post Sunni Waqf Board's statement that they want the case to be hear soon, said that Kapil Sibal was representing Congress view in Supreme Court on the behest of 'High Command'.
"We have got nothing to do with his statement as we are not connected to any political party or do politics. He is entitled to do that, but is it right for him to say postpone hearing till 2019?" The same has been said by the Law Minister many times. "Whenever the Congress wants to take a different stand on an issue, it keeps Kapil Sibalji in the forefront".
Shah further hit out at the Congress Party for deferring the case when everyone wanted an early resolution of the issue.
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.
"Why does he have to link a Ram Mandir (temple) with elections".
To a question on Sunni Waqf Board's position, Rehmani said that he has not had any talk with it in this regard.