Congress linking 'Ayodhya Ram Temple' with 2019 elections: PM Modi

The Babri Masjid in Ayodhya Nov 1990. This week it will be 25 years since it was demolished and it’s legacy continues to play out in Indian politics

Congress linking 'Ayodhya Ram Temple' with 2019 elections: PM Modi

The court rejected the plea. "They are least bothered about the nation", PM said while addressing an election rally in Gujarat, where the first phase of assembly elections will be held on Saturday. "Is such thinking proper", the Prime Minister asked.

He also accused the Congress of linking the Ram temple issue with the elections.

"Yesterday in the Supreme Court, a Congress MP Kapil Sibal was arguing (which is his right) for the Babri Masjid".

"Now Congress links Ram Mandir with elections". All parties have challenged that verdict in court.

The Congress, however, distanced itself from Sibal's argument in the court. "The Congress has nothing to do with it".

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"Congress has nothing to do with it as it's Kapil Sibal's personal matter who he represents in court", Congress spokesperson Randeep Surjewala said.

He was responding to BJP chief Amit Shah's attack on the Congress and its leader Rahul Gandhi over Mr Sibal's comments.

The Congress on Tuesday hit back at BJP President Amit Shah over Ayodhya issue in the apex court, saying if a party is sought to be blamed for a lawyer representing a side in a case, then Finance Minister Arun Jaitley should be dismissed for having appeared for Dow Chemicals in the Bhopal gas tragedy case.

"Rahul ji is visiting temples in Gujarat but on the other hand Kapil Sibal is being used to delay Ram janmbhoomi case". The verdict allotted two-thirds of the land to Hindus and said they could keep a makeshift temple that was built over the razed mosque's central dome.

Security has been strengthened in Uttar Pradesh's Ayodhya, in the wake of the 25th anniversary of Babri Masjid demolition that inflamed communal violence all over the country.

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