After 'PM not real Hindu' remark, Sibal targets Modi over Mandir issue

Lester Mason
December 8, 2017

December 06 (ANI): Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday said the Congress party now wanted to link Ram Temple in Ayodhya with 2019 elections. "How is the Ayodhya dispute settlement related to the election", the Prime Minister asked the crowd at a rally in Dhandhuka near Ahmedabad. Why does he have to link a Ram Mandir with elections?

In a campaign rally in his home State Gujarat, just three days before the voting in 89 Assembly constituencies in the first phase, Mr. Modi questioned the veteran Congress leader for "linking the Ayodhya case hearing with the parliamentary polls" during the apex court hearing on Tuesday.

During the 2014 elections, Aiyar's "chaiwalla" jibe against Modi had cost the Congress dearly as Modi and the BJP exploited the remarks on the humble origins of the Prime Minister.

The court didn't accept his appeal and set the final hearing for February 8, 2018. "They are least bothered about the nation", Modi said.

Meanwhile, the Congress distanced itself from Sibal's comments and said that his arguments were made in his capacity as a lawyer, which did not represent the view of the party.

He also took a jibe at the Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi's Temple visits in Gujarat. On the other hand, they are trying to delay hearing of the Ram Janmabhoomi case. In an attempt to reach out to Muslims women, Modi said Parliament would pass a law that would provide jail sentence to those resorting to instant divorce.

Mr. Modi also attacked the Opposition party on triple talaq and said that he would do the right thing, without poll calculations.

"Everything is not about elections". Media was commenting that Modi will remain silent because of Uttar Pradesh polls. Establishing a local connect, Modi said: "There was a time people said "dikri ne banduke dejo pann Dhanduke na deta (give your daughter to the gun (kill her), but do not get her married to one from Dhandhuka)' due to water shortage".

But an unpopular national tax and a shock move previous year to withdraw most currency in a fight against graft has hurt Gujarat, like the rest of the country, and its businessmen are making loud complaints. "One such word is curfew", Modi said as he claimed that the law and order situation has improved tremendously under the BJP governments. "It doesn't behove the status of a Prime Minister", Sibal said.

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