Kapil Sibal Opposing Building Ram Mandir in Ayodhya: Fact Check


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Kapil Sibal Opposing Building Ram Mandir in Ayodhya

Story:

Congress politician and lawyer Kapil Sibal Said, “Until I am alive, I will not allow building Ram Mandir in Ayodhya“.

Other Versions

(Hindi)

जब तक ज़िंदा हूँ राम मंदिर नहीं बनने दूंगा : कपिल सिब्बल

Fact Check:

Certain picture messages doing rounds widely on social media allege to show Kapil Sibal Opposing the Building of Ram Mandir in Ayodhya. They appear to mention a statement of the Congress politician and lawyer in Hindi saying, “Until I am alive, I will not allow building Ram Mandir“. No, the claims are not true and explained here.

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Origin of Story

The claims in question – the accompanying image – originated from an article published on Digital India TV website digitalindiatv.com on 15th March 2018. The article in Hindi carried the same title statement as in the story, “जब तक ज़िंदा हूँ राम मंदिर नहीं बनने दूंगा : कपिल सिब्बल“.

The article content mentioned about Supreme Court’s next hearing on Ayodhya dispute case and preparations of both parties involved. It also mentioned Congress politician and lawyer Kapil Sibal giving a major statement saying he was never a lawyer of Sunni Waqf Board. More importantly, the article content does not mention anything related to the claim in title. However, screenshots of the title and Kapil Sibal’s featured image circulated on social media sites like Facebook and Twitter – especially on pages supporting Modi – criticizing Kapil Sibal.

On the other hand, the Digital India TV website has published some articles in different sections and is without any updates later. More importantly, there are no other credible reports confirming Kapil Sibal made such a statement opposing the building of Ram Mandir in Ayodhya.

Kapil Sibal Statements about Ram Mandir

Most certainly, the report in question is referring to an interview of Kapil Sibal on 6th December 2017 when he made few statements on Ayodhya dispute case. He said his faith is in God and Ram Mandir in Ayodhya will be built only when Lord Ram wishes, not when PM Narendra Modi orders. He also said he was never a lawyer of Sunni Waqf Board unlike what Modi and Amit Shah said. Further, Kapil Sibal alleged BJP wants to exploit the Ram Mandir issue during 2019 General Elections. So, he suggested the case hearing in Supreme Court should take place after the Lok Sabha poll.

Image of Kapil Sibal giving his statements on Ayodhya dispute and Narendra Modi
Kapil Sibal giving his statements on Ayodhya dispute and Narendra Modi

In the video below, you can see Kapil Sibal giving his statements. He also mentions Narendra Modi is worried about the temple and not about the country. Consequently, Kapil Sibal’s statements garnered criticism.

BJP and PM Narendra Modi have time and again criticized opposing party Congress and Kapil Sibal for playing double role. On the other hand, media garnered evidence contradicting Kapil Sibal’s statements. They showed documents suggesting Kapil Sibal appeared in the Supreme Court of India as an advocate for Sunni Waqf Board. There are also reports suggesting Congress asked Kapil Sibal to quit as Waqf Board lawyer in Babri Masjid Case. It was allegedly a politically sensible decision.

Coming back to the claim in question, Kapil Sibal did not say he will not allow building Ram Mandir in Ayodhya until he is alive. Perhaps, the claims originated as misinterpretation of his statements in an interview.

Hoax or Fact:

Hoax.


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