Amid raging debate over the construction of Ram Mandir at disputed land in Ayodhya, PM Narendra Modi on Sunday launched a scathing on Congress as he accused the grand old party of putting pressure on the Supreme Court to delay the hearing in the sensitive issue. Addressing an election rally in Rajasthan’s Alwar, Modi said that the Congress leaders are asking the court not to begin hearing the case before 2019 elections.
“Jab Ayodhya ka case chal raha tha, Congress ke neta, Rajya Sabha ke sadasya kehte hain ki 2019 tak case mat chalao kyunki 2019 mein chunaav hai. Desh ke nyayatantra ko is prakaar se rajneeti mein ghaseetna uchit hai kya? (When Ram temple case was being heard, Congress leader and a Rajya Sabha member said don’t hear it till 2019 as the country will go to polls in the year. Is it fair to drag country’s judiciary into politics like this?),” he said while referring to senior advocate and Congress leader Kapil Sibal’s argument in the court earlier this year.
The Prime Minister added that Congress delays the Ram temple hearing by scaring the Supreme Court judges.
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“Jab SC ka koi judge Ayodhya jaise gambheer samvedansheel maslo mein, desh ko nyaya dilane ki disha mein sabko sunna chahte hain to Congress ke Rajya Sabha ke vakeel SC ke nyaayamurtiyo ke khilaf impeachment la kar ke unko darate dhamkate hain (Whenever any SC judge wants to hear in the Ram temple case, the Congress’ Rajya Sabha lawyer used the threat of impeachment to scare judges),” he added.
“This is a dangerous game. Congress has no faith in the judiciary,” Modi opined.
“They are working to scare judiciary on the grounds of their numbers in the Rajya Sabha but I we will not let this ‘kala karnama’ happen in the temple of democracy. I would also like to tell judges that do not be afraid and keep going on the path of justice,” he noted.
Appearing before the Supreme Court earlier this year for Muslim litigants, Sibal had urged the court to defer the hearing after 2019 Lok Sabha polls, citing huge political ramifications.
The PM’s remark comes on a day when 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.