Ignoring the Uttar Pradesh government’s request of early hearing, the Supreme Court on Monday adjourned the hearing of the Ayodhya title suit case to January.

The bench of Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi, Justice Sanjay Kishan Kaul and Justice KM Joseph was hearing a batch of petitions challenging the 2010 Allahabad High Court verdict trifurcating the disputed site at Ayodhya into three parts for Ram Lalla, Nirmohi Akhara and the original Muslim litigant.

The CJI rejected the early hearing by saying the “the court has its own priorities.” Uttar Pradesh SG Tushar Mehta had urged a hearing in November because of the nature of the dispute.

The adjournment will delay the completion of hearing process in the case and any verdict on the case is now not likely before the crucial 2019 general elections.

The ruling BJP has made the Ayodhya Ram Temple issue as an important poll plank. The ram temple issue also figures in party’s election manifesto.

Meanwhile reacting on the development, Senior BJP leader Shahnawaz Hussain said the party is looking forward to the January hearing as ruled by the apex court.