Congress questions BJP’s political ideology on WikiLeaks disclosure

March 19th, 2011 - 9:18 pm ICT by ANI  

Bharatiya Janata Party New Delhi, Mar 19 (ANI): Reacting over the expose of classified US diplomatic cables by whistleblowing website WikiLeaks stating that the (BJP) leadership had told them that its criticism of the US in public was to score ‘easy political points’ against UPA and when in power, it would not harm the Indo-US nuclear deal, the Congress on Saturday questioned the Bharatiya Janata Party’s political ideology.

“BJP was trying to do politics based on the topic. They didn’t even let Parliament work for two days. Now the same WikiLeaks has exposed their top leaders and their political ideologies,” said Congress spokesperson Manish Tiwari.

“Bharatiya Janata Party now has to answer the nation if it will stand by the standards it had set for the government and the way they blackmailed parliament and didn’t let it work, would they use that on themselves or not,” he added.

In another cable, the embassy’s then Charge d’affaires Peter Burleigh wrote after a meeting with Lal Krishna Advani in May 2009, just before the Lok Sabha poll results were out, the BJP veteran “downplayed” any move by his party to reopen the nuclear deal noting that BJP “does not take international agreements lightly”.

Advani acknowledged that the BJP’s public position in July 2008 was that the deal constrained the country’s strategic autonomy and that the party would reexamine if it returned to power but connected that stance to “domestic political developments” then at play in India.

The BJP leader, the diplomat wrote, was clear that there would be “no imminent BJP move to reopen the (nuclear) deal. In his view, the government is a continuity, particularly in matters of foreign policy and international agreements cannot be taken lightly.” (ANI)

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