The High court, in 2010, had decided that the disputed land of 2.77 acre will be divided in three-way among the parties - the Sunni Waqf Board, the Nirmohi Akhara, and the Lord Ram Lalla. I ask you how does the 2019 general elections affect Kapil Sibal personally or the Waqf Board? It was felt that this matter need not be made an election issue and, therefore, the hearing should be taken up after the completion of the election, Jilani said.
Soon after Kapil Sibal's suggestion hit the TV screens of the news channels and flashed on news websites, the Sunni Waqf Board rejected the move saying, "No such directive had been given by the board".
"The board is of the view that hearing in the case be held and the matter be disposed of promptly".
Senior Congress leader and former Union minister Kapil Sibal set the ball rolling in the court.
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. He said, "Does the Waqf Board fight elections?" Are these thoughts of delaying the hearing for elections that of the Waqf Board?
"Why does he have to link a Ram Mandir with elections? You want to keep the issue unresolved for political gains and losses in the elections?"
Reacting on Sibal's contention before the court, BJP chief Amit Shah has asked the Congress and Rahul Gandhi to clairfy their stand on this count.
Speaking on the issue of "triple talaq", Modi said "When the matter was in the Supreme Court, the Government had to put their affidavit". But look at the priorities of the Prime Minister. "Shahid Hussain Rizvi was our AOR in the Supreme Court".
Sibal raised the doubts over the assertions of ASG Mehta and told the Supreme Court that "he and other petitioners have not been served relevant documents of pleadings".
Haji Mehboob, one of the litigants, said Muslims want a resolution of the dispute at the earliest, differing from Sibal's stand.
"The PM did not check the fact that actually I never represented the Sunni Waqf Board in the Supreme Court and yet he thanked them".
But there is still a catch.
The Supreme Court yesterday deferred hearing in the case for February 8, 2018.
They also emphasised that Mehboob is neither a member of the Sunni Waqf Board nor does he represent the Board in any capacity.