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Congress exposed over Sibal Ayodhya plea?

7  Dec.  2017
Prime Minister Narendra Modi was on the warpath today in Gujarat during his election rallies.He attacked both the Congress and its leader Kapil Sibal for the stand he took on Tuesday in the Supreme Court during the Ayodhya dispute hearing. Representing the Sunni Waqf Board, Sibal sought deferment of the Ayodhya hearing till the 2019 general elections. What added fuel to PM's fire today was the Sunni Waqf Board coming out to say that it wants an early decision on the Ayodhya tangle and Sibal's stand in court was wrong. All this happening just 2 days away from the first phase of polling in Gujarat.
The Supreme Court may have rejected Kapil Sibal's plea as Sunni Central Waqf Board's lawyer to defer hearing the Ayodhya dispute case till the 2019 general elections but Sibal's move has set the political pot on boil. The BJP has put both Sibal and the Congress party in its crosshairs. Tuesday saw BJP President Amit Shah leading the charge. Prime Minister Modi took over the reigns on the next day. The PM vehemently questioned the stand taken by Kapil Sibal in the Supreme Court at his rally on Tuesday in Ahmedabad's Dhandhuka.
Adding fuel to BJP's fire, the Sunni Waqf Board too distanced itself from Kapil Sibal's stand in the Supreme Court. The Sunni Waqf Board dubbed Sibal's demand as incorrect and said it too wants the earliest solution to the Ayodhya tangle.
The Sunni Waqf Board's statement had the Prime Minister bristling at the Congress even harder.
Under fire from multiple directions, Sibal may have hoped for support from his own party. But the Congress too dismissed his apex court submission as his own view.
Tuesday saw the Ayodhya case being taken up by the Supreme Court where it rejected Kapil Sibal's plea. Arguing for the Sunni Waqf Board, Sibal told the Supreme Court that since it's decision in the case would have "very serious ramifications," the hearing be deferred till July 2019 by which time the general election would be over. But the court did not agree and decided to hold regular hearings in the case starting the 8th of February next year.
Ayodhya Dispute: Then & Now
-- On the 6th of December, 1992, the disputed structure in Ayodhya was brought down during the Ram Mandir movement
-- Demolition led to criminal as well as title suit cases
-- 2010 saw Allahabad High Court decision that the 2.77 acre disputed site be divided in 3 equal parts
-- Site divided between Sri Ram Lala, Nirmohi Akhara and Sunni Waqf Board
- In May 2011 the Supreme Court ordered a stay on the Allahabad High Court verdict
Wednesday marks the 25th anniversary of the demolition of the disputed structure. Security remained tight all through the day in Ayodhya. A vigil was maintained even at the Saryu river as well as from the skies. Ayodhya has come a long way from what it was 25 years ago. People are hopeful that with regular hearings in the Supreme Court, the long pending dispute will be resolved soon. Efforts are also on to find a solution to the tangle out of court through mediation and negotiations. The matter has been pending in the Supreme Court alone for the last 7 years. The nation keenly awaits the 8th of February.

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