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Gujarat elections: PM Modi asks why Congress is linking Ram Mandir to polls

Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s remarks came a day after Kapil Sibal, while representing the Sunni Waqf Board, urged the Supreme Court to defer hearing in the Ayodhya title suit till July 2019 when the next Lok Sabha elections will be over.

assembly elections Updated: Dec 06, 2017 19:08 IST
Prime Minister Narendra Modi being presented a sword by supporters during an election campaign rally.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi being presented a sword by supporters during an election campaign rally.(PTI Photo)

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday accused the Congress of linking the Ram temple issue to the Lok Sabha elections and attacked senior leader Kapil Sibal’s arguments in the Supreme Court for deferring hearing the matter till after the 2019 polls.

“Yesterday in the Supreme Court, a Congress MP Kapil Sibal was arguing (which is his right) for the Babri Masjid. He is entitled to do that, but is it right for him to say postpone hearing till 2019?” Modi said while addressing a rally in Gujarat’s Dhandhuka.

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“Why does he have to link a Ram Mandir (temple) with elections. Is such thinking proper?” Modi asked from the crowd.

He also accused the Congress of linking the Ram temple issue with the elections.

“Now Congress links Ram Mandir with elections. They are least bothered about the nation,” Modi 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.

However, the demand was brushed aside by the court as it fixed February 8, 2018 for commencing final hearing in the case.

The Congress distanced itself from Sibal’s stand saying it does not represent the party’s stand.

Gujarat assembly polls will be held on December 9 and December 14.