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Why link Ayodhya dispute with 2019 polls: Modi trains guns at Congress

Dhandhuka (Gujarat), Dec 6 (Agencies): Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday said the Congress party now wanted to link Ram Temple in Ayodhya with 2019 elections.

Addressing a rally in Dhandhuka, Prime Minister Modi trained guns at the Congress over its leader Kapil Sibal's arguments in the Supreme Court (SC) in the Ramajanambhoomi-Babri Masjid case.

"Yesterday in the SC, a Congress MP Kapil Sibal was arguing (which is his right) 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," the Prime Minister asked.

Coincidently, today is the 25th anniversary of the Babri Masjid demolition in Ayodhya.

He further added, "Now Congress is linking Ram Mandir with elections. They are least bothered about the nation."

While representing the Sunni Waqf Board in the Ramjanambhoomi-Babri Masjid case on Tuesday, Sibal urged the court to take up the matter after 2019 general elections as "the case was being used to polarise the electorate with an eye on the polls".

The court didn't accept his appeal and set the final hearing for February 8, 2018.

Since then the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has been cornering the Congress by asking to clarify what was the real meaning of Sibal's statement.

Addressing a press conference in poll-bound Gujarat, BJP president Amit Shah demanded Congress should clear its stand on this.

Speaking on the issue of 'triple talaq', Modi said "When the matter was in the Supreme Court, the Government had to put their affidavit. The media commented that Modi will remain silent because of Uttar Pradesh polls".

People told me not to speak on the matter else there will be losses in elections, he said

Maintaining his stand that he will not remain silent on the issue of 'triple talaq', Modi said, "I am clear that on 'triple talaq' I will not be silent. Everything is not about elections. This issue is for the rights of women... elections come later humanity comes first".


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  • Sheikh, Karkala

    Thu, Dec 7 2017

    Sau choohe khakar billi haj ko chali

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  • Desi Admi, Mangalore

    Wed, Dec 6 2017

    The war of words was started by the Cong, Cong is in total confused state. No formula is working for it, even its traditional vote banks are ditching them. They are in a dilemma, if they support Masjid building remaining Hindu votes will go out. If they support temple they will loose other religion votes. hence they wanted to keep the matter closed till next election so that they buy 5 more year time to deal with it from 2019. Voters should know that this party has started changing its color from secular brand to Hindu brand. And many other parties are also doing same. I will not be surprised if Owaisi brings Hindu candidates in his party too.

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  • Jay, Mangalore

    Wed, Dec 6 2017

    Our PM badly needs some rest.. He has worked( traveled) non stop from 2014 and now his mind and body needs some sort of rest.. Age is also catching up..

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  • Jossey Saldanha, Mumbai

    Wed, Dec 6 2017

    You need to check with Yogi Adityanath & Sri Sri Ravi Shankar ...

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  • geoffrey, hat hill

    Wed, Dec 6 2017

    Because one of the poll promises of 2014 was to build Ram Mandir at Ayodhya which along with other promises turned out to be Jumla too.

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  • Swamy, Mangalore

    Wed, Dec 6 2017

    A recently held Dhama Sansad in udupi the main agenda and highlight was about building Ram temple in Ayodhya even after 25 years still pondering over the same issue, is it because of the elections are around the corner???. A temple that wasn't built for more than 25 years after promises after promises will it be built ever in the future other than just rekindling hopes???. About triple Talaaq first see that they get thier choice of food to live and survive. Triple Talaaq also will go down the history like imaginary building Ram temple to keep hopes alive. If these things are materially done then the golden opportunity is lost forever.

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