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". In a statement to news agencies, Haji Mehboob, a litigant, said he was a member of the UP Sunni Wakf Board, and that Sibal was "our lawyer", but that his plea in court was "wrong".
Modi attacked Sibal for linking the Ram temple issue to the Lok Sabha elections. "The prime minister should decide if he is giving any direction to the Supreme Court", Sharma said.
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.
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. "A representative of Sunni Waqf Board said that we wish that the issue is decided at the earliest by the courts".
Addressing the media in Ahmedabad, Shah said Rahul was visiting temples in Gujarat, while on the other hand Congress leader Kapil Sibbal wanted to delay the Ram Janmbhoomi case.
On the eve of 25 years of Babri Masjid demolition, BJP national president Amit Shah on Tuesday demanded that the Congress should clarify its stand on the Ram Mandir issue.
"Yesterday in the SC, a Congress MP Kapil Sibal was arguing for the Babri Masjid".
The UP Sunni Wakf Board was quicker to dissociate itself from not just Sibal, but also Mehboob. "Congress should clear its stand on this", he said.
The Supreme Court had fixed the next hearing for the long-standing matter for February 8, 2018. Modi asked from the crowd.
The All India Muslim Personal Law Board, an influential body representing Muslims, however, backed Sibal and said this "is not the right time to take up the matter for final hearing".
"As far as Ram Mandir is concerned (Modiji), it will be built when Lord Ram wants it to be built", said Sibal.
"Can decisions be held to ransom for electoral gains and losses or should they be taken for the benefit of the entire country? he asked. They have also gone from Varanasi and Uttar Pradesh", Modi said, taking a swipe at the opposition party over their humiliating electoral defeat in the northern state.