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Advani's Ayodhya Statement Shows His Short-Sightedness: Sibal

New Delhi, Oct 5: 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 today said the
PTI October 05, 2010 20:51 IST
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New Delhi, Oct 5: 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 today 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 a TV news channel.

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