New Delhi: Politics is brewing over the recent sting by Cobrapost which indicts right wing leaders in the Babri Masjid demolition case. Terming the allegations as baseless, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) questioned the timing of the sting operation with the Lok Sabha elections just days away.
In the sting, Cobrapost exposes chargesheeted right wing Hindu leaders talking about how the Babri Masjid demolition in 1992 was a pre-planned and well executed conspiracy.
However, the Editor of Cobrapost defended their decision to come out with the tapes just ahead of the elections. "Why not now? I think it is a moral imperative for us to bring it out if we have it. People have to what what a particular polity has done in a particular period of time," Editor Cobrapost Aniruddha Bahl said.
While he claimed there were new aspects that came out in their investigation like the existence of suicide squads and active training given to kar sevaks to bring the structure down, others claimed these issues had already come out in the Liberhan Commission report set up to investigate the demolition.
"The demolition is an act of frenzy karsevaks. It was an impromptu thing that happened. It is all a myth that it never happened. It was a planned demolition strategy from the very start from different elements of the Sangh parivar," The Cobrapost Editor said.
The issue that has been a political issue for the past 22 years, has now come back to haunt the Indian politics once again. The airing of this sting two days before general elections, raises serious questions especially at a time when the elections are turning into a communal vs a secular debate.
"We have met the EC and have asked to stop the broadcast of sting so that elections can be peaceful," said BJP leader Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi.
Many of the leaders, who two decades ago had been at the forefront of the Ram Janmabhoomi campaign and were once again implicated in this sting, were quick to react. "The case is on. Bringing the issue just before the elections, is a game of the Congress," Vinay Katiyar said.
BJP leader Uma Bharti, too, held the Congress entirely responsible for the conspiracy.
In an election season when allegations fly thick and fast, the Congress was seen to play down the sting operation. Saying these were facts which were well known from before.
"This shows that the BJP is neither a friend to the Hindus nor to the Muslims," Congress leader Rashid Alvi said.
However, many of the issues raised by the sting have been dealt with by the Justice Liberhan commission which submitted its report a couple of years back. With the conspiracy angle also being examined by courts, the Cobrapost sting can only be the political talking point for a day.