Ayodhya case: BJP targets Cong after Kapil Sibal seeks deferment of verdict
New Delhi: A political war of words broke between BJP and Congress over Kapil Sibal’s statement on the Ram Janmabhoomi-Babri Masjid case in the Supreme Court.
Sibal was in apex court as the lawyer for the Sunni Waqf Board. He urged to court to take up the 25-year-old matter up only after July 2019.
Hitting out at Congress, BJP President Amit Shah questioned the grand old party over Sibal’s argument, as the latter pleaded that Ayodhya dispute be heard after the 2019 Lok Sabha elections.
Shah asked whether Sibal’s stand was what the Congress party’s stand was.
“Today a surprising stand was taken in the Supreme Court by Congress leader and Sunni Waqf Board lawyer Kapil Sibalji. He said hearing should be deferred till after 2019 Lok Sabha polls. The Congress should clear its stand on this,” Shah stated, addressing the media.
Shah also took a shot at Congress chief-in-waiting Rahul Gandhi, who has been facing allegations of ‘soft Hindutva’ to appeal to voters in the coming Gujarat Assembly elections.
“Rahul ji is visiting temples in Gujarat but on the other hand Kapil Sibal is being used to delay Ram janmbhoomi case. Rahul ji should tell us what his view on this is,” Shah said.
BJP spokesperson G V L Narasimha Rao also cornered Congress over Sibal’s submission in the apex court.
“By seeking deferment of the Ayodhya case until after the 2019 Lok Sabha polls, Kapil Sibal has politicised the legal dispute. The Congress must clarify if Sibal is representing it or the Sunni Waqf Board? Or, is it the case that the board and the Congress are working in tandem?” he asked.