Ayodhya case: Muslim bodies speak in different voices

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The Supreme Court had on Tuesday rejected the submission of the Sunni Waqf Board and some other Muslim organisations party to the case that the hearing of appeals in the sensitive Ram Janmabhoomi-Babri Masjid title dispute be conducted in July 2019 after the general elections and fixed February 8 to hear them.

BJP chief Amit Shah today stepped up his attack on the Congress over the Ram temple issue by accusing it of "shameful posturing".

"The board is of the view that hearing in the case be held and the matter be disposed of promptly". Slamming Congress, he further said, "If a road to solution is coming let it come.All should work towards a peaceful solution. but they (Congress party) are trying to create hurdles".

"Yes Kapil Sibal is our lawyer but he is also related to a political party, his statement in SC yesterday was wrong, we want a solution to the issue at the earliest", news agency ANI quoted Sunni Waqf Board member Haji Mehboob as saying.

The Hindus, however, claim that a Ram temple that originally stood there was demolished to construct the mosque.

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Sibal, a former Union minister in the Congress-led United Progressive Alliance that governed India between 2004 and 2014, was appearing for one of the litigants in the case, but the Congress was quick to clarify on Wednesday that his plea was not consistent with its stand. "We want that the case is solved at the earliest", he stressed.

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". What does he mean, when he says don't hear the matter till 2019 as it will have an impact outside? "And that the court will decide", Sibal added.

The Congress has retorted by saying that Shah's statement was aimed at diverting attention from real issues in the Gujarat polls. "They put many efforts to delay the hearing of the case", he said. "Shameful posturing by Congress on the Ram temple issue!"

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.

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