Rahul Gandhi breaks silence on Ram Mandir, says not an issue for elections

Breaking his silence on the Ram Mandir case after hearing of the matter in Superhero Court, Congress President Rahul Gandhi said that the matter is sub-judice and should not become a political issue in upcoming elections.

Rahul Gandhi said that the narrative for the elections was employment, education, healthcare and corruption, and that these would be the agenda issues. While meeting the press, Congress President also took on the NDA government over Rafale issue. He said if his party comes to power in 2019, a criminal investigation will be launched into the Rafale deal and the accused will be punished.

The Congress chief also urged Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman to answer the questions raised by the Congress on the multi-million dollar fighter jet deal. “We and the entire opposition want that when defence minister speaks on the PM’s behalf, the questions raised by us should be answered,” Gandhi told reporters.

Earlier in the hearing of Ram Janmabhoomi-Babri masjid case, the Supreme Court Friday said that an appropriate bench constituted by it will pass an order on January 10 for fixing the date of hearing in the land dispute title case at Ayodhya. “Further orders will be passed by an appropriate bench on January 10 for fixing the date of hearing the matter,” a bench comprising Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi and Justice S K Kaul said.