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Babri Masjid demolition anniversary highlights: Sunni board disagrees with Kapil Sibal, says country wants early solution

The Centre has asked all states to ensure that no incidents of communal tension are reported on the 25th anniversary of the Babri Masjid demolition. Catch live updates here:

india Updated: Dec 06, 2017 23:42 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times, New Delhi
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File photo of people climbing the Babri Masjid in Ayodhya on the day it was demolished.(Sanjay Sharma/HT Archive)

Security was stepped up in Uttar Pradesh’s Ayodhya on Wednesday on the 25th anniversary of the demolition of the Babri Masjid, an incident that triggered communal violence all over the country in 1992.

On Tuesday, the Supreme Court decided to continue the final hearing of the Ram Janmabhoomi-Babri Masjid case on February 8 next year, brushing aside a plea to postpone it till after the 2019 Lok Sabha elections, as the final verdict would have political and electoral repercussions.

However, the Sunni Waqf Board distanced itself from lawyer Kapil Sibal’s request and said it was not in favour of shifting the hearing till after the 2019 general elections. The hearing took on a political hue outside the court, with Bharatiya Janata Party president Amit Shah asking Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi to clear his stand on the Ram temple issue.

The apex court began the final hearing of the case at a time when the Congress and the BJP are engaged in a political battle in poll-bound Gujarat, where the Opposition party is aspiring to dislodge the BJP from power after 22 years.

Here are highlights on the 25th anniversary of the Babri Masjid’s demolition:

3.21pm: We have got nothing to do with his statement as we are not connected to any political party or do politics. Every Hindu and Muslim of the country wants a solution to the issue soon: Haji Mehboob,Sunni Waqf Board, on Kapil Sibal in Supreme Court.

Sibal, while representing the Sunni Waqf Board, urged the Supreme Court on Tuesday to defer hearing in the Ayodhya title suit till July 2019 when the next Lok Sabha elections will be over.

3pm: Saints at Kar Sevak Puram attend Saurya Sammelan to mark 25th anniversary of Babri Masjid demolition.

1.38pm: I am going to ask Rahul and Sonia Gandhi, please explain your party’s position on should the Ram Janambhoomi case be heard at the earliest or not? Union law minister Ravi Shankar Prasad.

1.36pm: As a lawyer, Kapil Sibal can argue any matter but he should not forget that he has been the law minister in the past. What does he mean when he says don’t hear the matter till 2019 as it will have an impact outside? It is unfair and in many ways irresponsible: Union law minister Ravi Shankar Prasad.

1.18pm: Yes, Kapil Sibal is our lawyer but he is also related to a political party, his statement in the Supreme Court yesterday was wrong, we want a solution to the issue at the earliest: Haji Mehboob,Sunni Waqf Board.

11.30am: Ayodhya has been divided into four zones and 10 sectors and prohibitory orders under section 144 have been clamped. Any form of protests, demonstrations have been completely banned.

11.05am: BJP leader Subramanian Swamy tells ANI: “He (Sibal) just gave his arguments on the political level, as they will lose the elections if they lose this (Ayodhya) case.”

11am: CPM general secretary Sitaram Yechury says: “Today happens to be the 25th anniversary of Babri Masjid demolition that remains to be a black spot in the history of modern India. That has been the biggest assault on the secular democratic foundation of our country.” The CPM along with other Left parties will observe ‘Black Day’ on Wednesday to commemorate the 25th year of Babri Masjid’s demolition.

10.40am: All areas of Ayodhya have police presence, with bomb disposal squads on alert.


9.43am: “I want to ask Congress how the Sunni Waqf Board comes out with this new idea of postponing hearing on Ram Mandir,” BJP spokesperson GVL Narasimha Rao tells CNN-News18.

*Ahead of the anniversary of the Babri Masjid demolition, the Centre has asked all the states to remain cautious and ensure peace, so that no incident of communal tension is reported from anywhere in the country.

*Appearing for the Sunni Waqf Board on Tuesday, a plaintiff in the Ram Janmabhoomi-Babri Masjid case, Kapil Sibal took strong objection to the manner in which the hearing was expedited on the request of “someone (BJP leader Subramanian Swamy) who is not even a party in the case”. Read the full story here.

First Published: Dec 06, 2017 07:39 IST