New Delhi: Congress president Rahul Gandhi on Friday refused to comment on Ayodhya title suit saying,”The matter is sub-judice, I won’t say anything on it.” On being asked if Ram Mandir issue will change the narrative of 2019, Gandhi stated that  issues such as unemployment, healthcare and corruption will set the agenda for upcoming general elections.

“The immense destruction done to the economy and corruption done by Prime Minister Narendra Modi will be among the things that will form the narrative for the Lok Sabha elections,” a leading portal quoted Gandhi as saying.

Before Gandhi, Bihar Chief Minister and Janata Dal United (JD-U) patron Nitish Kumar had also stated that the century old Ram Mandir matter should be solved through a court decision or mutual understanding. Echoing Lok Janashakti Party (LJP) leader Chirag Paswan’s views, Kumar had asserted that development was the key for winning 2019 parliamentary elections.

Earlier in the day, the Supreme Court deferred hearing on the Ram Janmabhoomi-Babri Masjid dispute to January 10, saying a bench that will hear a batch of cross petitions challenging the 2014 Allahabad High Court judgement on the Ayodhya title issue will decide the way forward. “The further orders (on the hearing of the petition) will be passed by the bench which will be constituted on January 10,”Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi said.

Senior advocates Harish Salve and Rajeev Dhavan, appearing for different parties, did not even get the opportunity to make any submission. Reports claimed that the hearing which continued for 60 seconds, did not see any arguments from either side.

Now, a three-member bench will be set up for taking forward the Ayodhya land dispute case in which as many as 14 appeals were filed against the 2010 Allahabad High Court judgement, delivered in four civil suits, that the 2.77-acre land be partitioned equally among the three parties — the Sunni Waqf Board, the Nirmohi Akhara and Ram Lalla.

The top court also dismissed a PIL seeking to hear the Ayodhya matter on urgent and day to day basis. The PIL was filed by an advocate Harinath Ram in November 2018.