Jaitley`s remark exposed real face of BJP: Sibal

Union Minister Kapil Sibal said Arun Jaitley`s reported comment that the BJP was using Hindutva as an opportunistic tool has exposed the real face of the party and demanded an apology from him.

Last Updated: Mar 27, 2011, 19:19 PM IST

New Delhi: Union Minister Kapil Sibal on Sunday
said Arun Jaitley`s reported comment that the BJP was using
Hindutva as an opportunistic tool has exposed the real face of
the party and demand an apology from him.

The senior Congress leader also asked BJP veteran LK
Advani and RSS to tell the nation "what they now think about
Jaitley."

He said comment of a responsible leader of the opposition
that the BJP was using Hindutva as an opportunistic tool is a
"very, very serious issue."

"Congress has been saying that the BJP is misleading
people. Now, they should apologise to them," Sibal told
reporters in Delhi.

WikiLeaks cables, first accessed by `The Hindu`, had
reported that Robert Blake, Charge at the US Embassy, had
conveyed to his government, after a meeting with Jaitley on
May 6, 2005, that "Jaitley argued that Hindu nationalism `will
always be a talking point` for the BJP. However, he
characterised this as an opportunistic issue."

Jaitley has, however, maintained that he had not used the
word "opportunistic" while Congress attacked him saying those
living in glass houses should not throw stones at others.

Sibal said that for making such comments, Jaitley should
apologise to the people and explain why he had said so.

Recalling the communal violence in the country following
Advani`s Rath Yatra, which led to the demolition of Babri
Masjid in Ayodhya, Sibal said these are all "politics of
opportunism", which claimed hundreds of lives.

"This means they (BJP leaders) speak something and do
something else," he said.

"For years, we have been saying about their politics of
opportunism. Now, people should also know the real face of
BJP," the Telecom Minister said.

PTI