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Sunni Waqf Board disassociates itself from Sibal

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Sibal on Supreme Court said that since the court'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.

Addressing BJP workers during his Gujarat election campaign in Dahod, Modi said, "The Sunni Waqf Board must be congratulated for their fearless stand and for disassociating themselves from the statement of Kapil Sibal".

Kapil Sibal argued the case in Supreme Court as a Congress leader and not on behalf of the board, Sunni Waqf Board member Haji Mehboob said. This clarification comes after both PM Modi and Amit Shah attacked Kapil Sibal for trying to delay the hearing and demanded Congress party to make their stance clear. "The prime minister should decide if he is giving any direction to the Supreme Court", Sharma said.

During the hearing, the SC rejected Sibal's plea to hear the Ayodhya dispute case after 2019 Lok Sabha elections.

The stakeholders in the case had moved the apex court after the Allahabad HC directed the Sunni Waqf Board, the Nirmohi Akhara and the Lord Ram Lalla to settle for a three-way division of the disputed site.

While addressing a rally in Dahod later in the day, Modi said, "I want to congratulate Sunni Waqf board for making a statement that though Kapil Sibal is their advocate, what he represented in the court yesterday was wrong". We want a solution to the issue at the earliest.

Following this, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) Chief Amit Shah, in a press briefing, took a potshot at the Congress Party and its vice president, Rahul Gandhi, for adopting "double standard" in the matter.

The UP Sunni Wakf Board was quicker to dissociate itself from not just Sibal, but also Mehboob. "The Congress should also clear its position", Shah said. "Or, is it the case that the board and the Congress are working in tandem?" he asked. The Congress must clarify if Sibal is representing it or the Sunni Waqf Board?

"This attitude of weighing everything on a political scale has made this country suffer the most", he said, adding that was the reason why he favoured simultaneous Lok Sabha and state Assembly polls.

The BJP and the Congress engaged in a war of words after the Supreme Court on Tuesday adjourned the hearing on the Ayodhya title suit to February 8. "They are least bothered about the nation", Modi 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.