Gujarat elections: Why Congress is linking Ram Mandir to polls, asks Modi

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Gujarat elections: Why Congress is linking Ram Mandir to polls, asks Modi

The Sunni Waqf Board on Wednesday disassociated itself from senior lawyer and Congress leader Kapil Sibal, who had been representing it in the Supreme Court in connection with the long-standing Ayodhya matter. Modi said while addressing a rally in Gujarat's Dhandhuka.

Watch accompanying video for more details. "The prime minister should decide if he is giving any direction to the Supreme Court", Sharma said.

However, Sibal clarified that he did not represent the Sunni Waqf Board, but one of the individuals in the case. "You want to keep the issue unresolved for political gain and losses in the elections?"

Shah further hit out at the Congress Party for deferring the case when everyone wanted an early resolution of the issue. I was never a Sunni Waqf Board lawyer.

The stakeholders in the case had moved the apex court after the Allahabad HC directed the Sunni Waqf Board, the Nirmohi Akhara and the Lord Ram Lalla to settle for a three-way division of the disputed site. "The Congress should also clear its position", Shah said. Modi asked the Congress. "It doesn't behove the status of a Prime Minister".

The BJP and the Congress engaged in a war of words after the Supreme Court on Tuesday adjourned the hearing on the Ayodhya title suit to February 8.

The All India Muslim Personal Law Board, an influential body representing Muslims, however, backed Sibal and said this "is not the right time to take up the matter for final hearing".

Speaking on the issue of "triple talaq", Modi said "When the matter was in the Supreme Court, the Government had to put their affidavit". Why does he have to link a Ram Mandir with elections?

"Can decisions be held to ransom for electoral gains and losses or should they be taken for the benefit of the entire country?"

Modi, while remembering Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar on his 61st death anniversary today, claimed the Congress did injustice to the architect of the Constitution as well. "They have tried to target all leaders except those from one family".

"The character of Rahul Gandhi and Congress has once again been revealed in front of the people".

On the cyclone Ockhi dissipating and sparing the state any devastation, Modi mocked the opposition partys slogan for the Gujarat elections, which said Congress ave che (Congress is coming).

Modi said he faced a similar situation ahead of the Uttar Pradesh polls regarding triple talaq.

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