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Ravi Shankar Prasad questions Congress' stand on Ram Janmbhoomi case

ANI  |  New Delhi [India] 

Union Minister of and Justice on Wednesday questioned the Party's stand on the controversial Ram Janmbhoomi matter.

"I want to question the Party and explain if it wants the Ram Janmbhoomi matter to be heard at the earliest or not," he asked.

Prasad's statement comes after it was announced that senior advocate and leader Kapil Sibal, who is representing the Sunni Waqf Board in the ongoing hearing of the long-standing dispute, wanted the matter to be heard only in July 2019, after the completion of the next Lok Sabha polls citing political ramifications.

Speaking on the same, said, "As a lawyer, can argue any matter but he should not forget that he has been the minister in the past."

Prasad also called Kapil's statement irresponsible and unfair.

Meanwhile, the Party had, on Tuesday, furthered the war of words with the and said it was raking up non-issues just to garner votes.

"Congress' stand has always been clear, that the Ayodhya matter will be heard and decided by the Supreme Court. The same has been said by the Minister many times. chief Amit Shah is trying to garner votes in the name of Lord Rama. The is playing the role of 'Manthara', raking up Kapil Sibal's stand on the hearing," leader Randeep Surjewala said, while addressing the media.

The Supreme Court had fixed the next hearing for the long-standing matter for February 8, 2018.

The Supreme Court commenced the hearings in the Ayodhya dispute on Tuesday morning.

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.

The Babri Masjid was built by Mughal emperor Babur in Ayodhya in 1528.

The Hindus, however, claim that a Ram temple that originally stood there was demolished to construct the mosque. Citing this, Hindu zealots demolished the mosque on December 6, 1992, triggering communal riots in various parts of the country.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Wed, December 06 2017. 15:40 IST
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