After Sunni Wakf Board’s lawyer in Supreme Court Kapil Sibal sought Babri masjid hearing to be deferred till July 2019 on Tuesday, PM Narendra Modi said the 'Congress is trying to link Ram Mandir issues with the elections and are least bothered about the nation'.
"Yesterday in the SC, a Congress MP Kapil Sibal was arguing for the Babri Masjid. He is entitled to do that but is it right for him to say postpone hearing till 2019? Why does he have to link a Ram Mandir with elections. Is such thinking proper?"
"Now Congress links Ram Mandir with elections. They are least bothered about the nation."
On Tuesday, Sibal, appearing for the Uttar Pradesh Sunni Central Wakf Board, requested to set the date for the next hearing after July 2019 since “the case has ramifications on polity of India.”
The special bench of Justice Dipak Misra, Justice Ashok Bhushan and Justice S Abdul Nazeer agreed with him and said that it is not an ordinary suit. " But we need to start somewhere," they said. The Court on Tuesday posted the case for hearing on February 8, 2018.
In his election campaign speech, Modi also took a dig at Rahul Gandhi's temple visits. “BJP has done development in Gujarat by adding using every single penny. It is not done by visiting temple after temple."
Modi also spoke about the triple talaq. "I will not be silent" on triple talaq. “Everything is not about elections. This issue is for the rights of women…elections come later humanity comes first,” he said.
“When the triple talaq matter was in Supreme Court, the government had to put their affidavit, newspapers commented that Modi will remain silent because of UP polls. People told me not to speak on the matter else there will be losses in elections,” Modi added.
As the campaign for the first phase of Gujarat Assembly elections comes to an end on Wednesday, PM Modi is expected to address three consecutive rallies today in Dhandhuka, Dahod and Netrang.
(With Agency Inputs)