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

SC adjourns hearing in Ayodhya dispute case to February 2018

Now, the things are pretty clear-the upcoming Gujarat Assembly elections are not about development, atrocities on Dalits, Patidar agitation, demonetisation and GST, but about Ram temple, Hindutva and communal politics. "You are not going to build that temple", he said. While the first phase of polls is scheduled on Saturday, the second one is scheduled on December 14.

Days after claiming that Prime Minister Narendra Modi is not a "real" Hindu, senior Congress leader Kapil Sibal on Wednesday targeted the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) over the issue of Ram Mandir in Ayodhya.

Rather, it favoured an immediate solution to the long-standing dispute.

Senior advocate and Congress leader Kapil Sibal found himself on a sticky wicket in the controversy over whether he was representing the the UP Sunni Central Waqf Board when he urged the Supreme Court on Tuesday to adjourn the legal battle over ownership of the 2.77 acre disputed Babri Masjid-Ram Janmabhoomi land in Ayodhya till after the 2019 Lok Sabha elections. "Shameful posturing by Congress on the Ram temple issue!"

Modi, who was back on the campaign trail in poll-bound Gujarat on Wednesday, added that he would not remain silent on the triple talaq as the issue is for the right of women.

"Now the Congress links the Ram Mandir with elections. Request PM to be a little more careful", Sibal said. "Everybody said that if we take a stand against it, we will face a backlash in the UP elections, but we took a stand and the Supreme Court asked us to form a law in six months", he said.

"They (the BJP) want to make it a part of their election manifesto and the court should not fall into the trap", said Sibal. The court, however, rejected that, and said it would hear the matter on February 8, 2018. "No such directive had been given by the board", chairman of the Uttar Pradesh Sunni Waqf Board Zafar Farooqui said. "Now that Sunni Waqf board has said that they don't agree with what Kapil Sibal said in court, it is certain that Sibal spoke in his capacity as a Congress leader, with the blessings of their "High Command".

PM Modi had earlier congratulated the Sunni Waqf Board for dissociating themselves from Sibal's statement in connection with the matter.

Hours after the PM attacked the Congress and Sibal, the former Union minister insisted that the board wasn't his client.

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