Alwar: Amid the ongoing tumult in Ayodhya over the construction of Ram temple, Prime Minister Narendra Modi launched a fresh salvo at the Congress, accusing it of putting pressure on the Supreme Court to delay the hearing in the sensitive issue. Also Read - Delhi Oxygen Crisis: Supreme Court asks Centre for a Plan by 10:30 am Today, Stays HC's Contempt Proceedings
Addressing an election rally in poll-bound Rajasthan’s Alwar, PM Modi said that Congress’ Rajya Sabha leaders intimidated top court judges with the threat of impeachment if they didn’t stall the case until the general elections got over in 2019. Also Read - Centre Faces Tough Question as Pressure Mounts to Impose Full Lockdown in India to Beat COVID Surge
“When the Ayodhya case was being heard by the Supreme Court, a Congress leader and Rajya Sabha MP had asked the court not to hear the matter till 2019 citing Lok Sabha elections. Was it right to drag the judiciary in politics?” he asked while referring to senior advocate and Congress leader Kapil Sibal. Also Read - Supreme Court Quashes Maratha Reservation Plea, Says 'No Ground' For More Than 50% Quota
“They tell the Hon’ble Supreme Court to delay the Ayodhya hearing due to the upcoming 2019 Lok Sabha elections. They do everything they can to impeach the Chief Justice of our country. How can we accept such ill-intended tactics of the Congress?” he asked.
Lashing at the Congress and its leaders for launching personal attacks on him, PM Modi said that they have abandoned the traditions and etiquettes of politics because they cannot debate on real issues like development.
Reacting to PM Modi’s allegation of Congress pressurising SC to delay the Ayodhya hearing, Kapil Sibal said: “I want to tell the PM that the 50th edition of his Mann ki Baat is over. Now he should come up with a new show, ‘Jhoothi Baatein’. The country knows who is the liar. I did not appear in the Ram Mandir case. The CJI has made things clear about the case hearing”.
“The Congress is not a party in these proceedings. Nothing can prevent the court from hearing the matter. The CJI has said it is not a priority matter for the Supreme Court, and the PM has no courage to say anything against the CJI. Blaming the Congress for making political capital won’t help,” he added.
The remarks came on a day when the Vishwa Hindu Parishad is organising Dharam Sabha in Ayodhya to press on the government to take the ordinance route to start the construction of Ram Mandir in Ayodhya.