A day after the Supreme Court began final hearing in the Ram Temple case, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday attacked the Congress for unnecessarily linking the Ayodhya issue with 2019 General elections and accused it of not being bothered about the nation’s welfare.

Addressing a public rally in poll-bound Gujarat’s Dhandhuka, Modi attacked senior Congress leader and lawyer Kapil Sibal who is representing the Sunni Wakf Board in the Ram Temple case.

“Yesterday in the SC, a Congress MP Kapil Sibal was arguing (which is his right) for the Babri Masjid. He is entitled to do that but is it right for him to say postpone hearing till 2019?” said Modi.

“Why does he have to link a Ram Mandir with elections. Is such thinking proper,” he added.

Sibal, who appeared for the Waqf Board, urged the court to have the hearing in July 2019, suggesting that it would have a bearing on 2019 general elections. However, the apex court turned down the request.

Even though, the Congress distanced itself from Sibal’s stand, PM Modi went on to slam the party for not being bothered about the nation.

“Now Congress links Ram Mandir with elections. They are least bothered about the nation,” he said.

The top court has fixed February 8, 2018 for commencing final hearing in the case.

Gujarat will vote in two phases – on December 9 and 14 – to elect a 182-member Assembly. The results will be declared on December 18.