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Ayodhya dispute: Shah accuses Congress of ‘double standards’


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New Delhi : Bhartiya Janata Party President Amit Shah on Tuesday lost no time in accusing the Congress of trying to get the Ayodhya hearing in the Supreme Court postponed until 2019 Lok Sabha polls through its senior party leader Kapil Sibal as the lawyer of the Sunni Waqf Board.

He accused the Congress of having “double standards” on the contentious issue and said the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on the other hand wanted an end to the matter as soon as possible.

“I appeal to the future Congress President – please clear your stand on the issue,” he said.

“On the one hand, temples are being visited (by Rahul Gandhi) ahead of elections. On the other hand, they are trying to delay hearing of the Ram Janmabhoomi case (in the Supreme Court). The Congress has double standards on the issue. They should clarify their stand,” Shah said.

He alleged that the Congress did not want the issue of the proposed Ram temple at Ayodhya in Uttar Pradesh to be resolved soon.

“The BJP demands that the case should be heard as soon as possible. The Supreme Court should give a judgment and a grand Ram temple should be built in Ayodhya,” Shah said.

A Congress spokesman in Delhi, however, rejected Shah’s charge, pointing out that Sibal was not appearing in the Court on behalf of the Congress but pleading on behalf of its client. He said the BJP chief should desist from imputing such a charge and he should better know that the Congress is not a party in the dispute before the Court.

In a Press conference in Ahmedabad, a script of which was released by the party headquarters here, Shah said the Congress role in delaying construction of the Ram Mandir in Ayodhya is reflected in Sibal’s attempt to get the Supreme Court hearing put off. He said the BJP wants the hearing and the judgment at the earliest to enable construction of the Ram Mandir on the site.