Hyderabad : AIMIM president Asaduddin Owaisi said that the Bharatiya Janata Party was raking up the Ayodhya matter to cover up its failures.
Asaduddin told ANI that "Kapil Sibal is representing the Sunni Waqf Board. He is putting forward the brief and the contention of his client. A lawyer can take anyone’s brief. The BJP wants to rake up all the issues to cover its failures like not providing jobs, destruction caused by the GST, its failure in reviving the economy, failure in controlling cross border terrorism, etc.,".
Owaisi's attack at the BJP comes after Amit Shah, in a press briefing, took a potshot at the Congress Party and its vice president, Rahul Gandhi, for adopting 'double standard' in the matter. Addressing the media in Ahmedabad, Shah said Rahul was visiting temples in Gujarat, while on the other hand Congress leader Kapil Sibbal wanted to delay the Ram Janmbhoomi case.
Senior advocate and Congress leader Kapil Sibal wanted the matter to be heard only in July 2019, after the completion of the next Lok Sabha polls citing political ramifications.
The Congress Party also furthered the war of words with the BJP and said it was raking up non-issues just to garner votes.
Congress leader Randeep Surjewala said that "Congress' stand has always been clear, that the Ayodhya matter will be heard and decided by the Supreme Court. The same has been said by the Law Minister many times. BJP chief Amit Shah is trying to garner votes in the name of Lord Rama. The BJP is playing the role of 'Manthara', raking up Kapil Sibal's stand on the hearing,".
Earlier in the day, the Supreme Court, however, deferred the commencement of final hearing in the Ayodhya dispute matter to February 8, 2018. The top court was hearing the matter today filed by various parties.
The first hearing was set a day before the 25th anniversary of the demolition of medieval-era mosque, Babri Masjid.