exposed over Sibal Ayodhya plea?
7 Dec. 2017
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
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
Then & Now
-- On the 6th of December, 1992, the
disputed structure in Ayodhya was brought down during the Ram Mandir
-- 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
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.