Modi to address four rallies in Gujarat

Sergio Conner
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.

"As far as Ram Mandir is concerned (Modiji), it will be built when Lord Ram wants it to be built", said Sibal.

Modi's remarks came a day after Sibal while representing the Sunni Waqf Board on Tuesday urged the Supreme Court to defer hearing in the Ayodhya title suit till July 2019 after the Lok Sabha elections. "They are least bothered about the nation", Modi said.

Addressing a press conference in poll-bound Gujarat, BJP president Amit Shah demanded Congress should clear its stand on this.

The Supreme Court deferred the hearing in the case for February 8, 2018, following which, a controversy erupted wherein the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) attacked the Congress Party and Sibal of adopting a double standard on the issue and politicising it.

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The Congress, however, distanced itself from Sibal's argument in the court.

"Rahul ji is visiting temples in Gujarat but on the other hand Kapil Sibal is being used to delay Ram janmbhoomi case". Modi also made an attempt to reach out to Muslim women.

In contrast to what the opposition leaders say, Mr Modi said, his government is working for the poor people and therefore undertook major policy programmes like Jan Dhan under which bank accounts were opened for the poor people and also brought in drastic change in the life of poor and rural women by providing them gas cylinders. "When the triple talaq case was pending in the SC, the government submitted an affidavit even as the media outlets were suggesting that Modi will remain silent because of the Assembly polls in Uttar Pradesh", he said. "People told me not to speak on the matter else there will be losses in elections", Modi said. "He also talked about how 15-year-olds don't know the meaning of the word 'curfew" as the state has not seen riots and curfews in the last 17 years.

Congress leader Mani Shankar Aiyar triggered a major storm by calling Modi a "neech aadmi" (base), which the Prime Minister gave a caste angle. "Apart from development, BJP's biggest gift to Gujarat is sense of security", Modi said adding "You may be rich and wealthy but what is that without peace of mind and good law and order".

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