New Delhi: The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Friday reacted strongly to a Cobrapost sting revealing involvement of its top leadership in the demolition of the Babri Masjid in Ayodhya in December 1992.
"This is a political conspiracy by the Congress party. The timing of the allegations made is questionable and this is a conspiracy against us," BJP leader Vinay Katiyar said.
The party has now approached the Election Commission against Cobrapost demanding that the telecast of the sting be stopped.
The Cobrapost sting revealed that top BJP leaders, including LK Advani and Murli Manohar Joshi, were in the know of the demolition, that it was deliberately planned and executed and that the then Uttar Pradesh chief minister Kalyan Singh was informed well in advance about it.
"What is the confusion in this? These people demolished the Babri Masjid. They want to destroy India. We won't let them do so. Entire country knows who demolished the mosque," RJD leader Lalu Prasad said.
The Congress sought action against those involved. "The entire world knew this was a planned attempt by the BJP and the VHP. Strong action should be taken against those who were involved in this plan. This sting shows that they are neither friends of Hindus nor friends of Muslims," party leader Rashid Alvi said.
The AAP, however, accused both the BJP and the Congress of failing the public. "The entire thing reflects very badly on the investigative agencies. There were successive governments of the NDA and the UPA and it seems there was a reluctance to brush the whole conspiracy under the carpet," Prashant Bhushan said.