Advani`s Ayodhya statement shows his short-sightedness: Sibal

Attacking BJP veteran L K Advani for his remarks that he feels "vindicated" about his `rath yatra` in the wake of the Ayodhya verdict, HRD Minister Kapil Sibal on Tuesday said the statement exposed his "short-sightedness".

New Delhi: Attacking BJP veteran L K Advani
for his remarks that he feels "vindicated" about his `rath
yatra` in the wake of the Ayodhya verdict, HRD Minister Kapil
Sibal on Tuesday said the statement exposed his "short-sightedness"
as the matter is yet to be heard by the Supreme Court.

Supreme Court could either affirm the verdict of the
High Court or set it aside, he noted.
"However, what is happening today is that some political
parties are taking this to be the final verdict and therefore
making public statements, things they should not be saying. We
do not know finally what is going to happen," Sibal said.

"If Advani believes the verdict will be affirmed in its
entirety by the Supreme Court, then obviously being a matured
politician I can`t possibly say that years of experience has
put him in good stead".

"It is not only jumping the gun, I think it shows a sense
of short-sightedness of a leader," Sibal said in an interview
to Karan Thapar for CNBC`s `India Tonight` programme.

Talking to PTI yesterday, Advani had said he felt
"vindicated" about his Ayodhya `rath yatra` following the
Allahabad High Court verdict.

Sibal said he also does not subscribe to Advani`s
assertion that the verdict has cleared the way for
construction of a grand temple at Ayodhya because he feels it
was too "premature" to make such a statement.
"L K Advani knows it and perhaps they are probably doing
it because they believe that in the coming elections they
might find some advantages," he said adding, Advani was trying
to justify to himself that what he did in the rath yatra was
right.

He said by and large there was a very mature response
to the verdict from the public and he felt "enormously"
gratified by the fact that peace and tranquillity has
prevailed.

Sibal said India today had moved way forward where people
especially the younger generation were more concerned about
education and emerging opportunities than anything else.

He strongly felt the government should not step in the
reconciliation process as it was a "private dispute" which
should be left to the parties concerned to resolve.

The issues are highly complex and the Supreme Court will
be very careful and meticulous in analysing the judgement and
coming to a conclusion consistent with the constitution, he
said. The apex court could take long time to deliver its
verdict, Sibal felt.

PTI

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