Like Congress like BJP

Castigating the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) for its role in the demolition of the Babri mosque following the Liberhan Commission report, Congress spokesman Abhishek Manu Singhvi landed himself in a spot of bother.

He said while the BJP had rewarded its leaders such as L.K. Advani and Murli Manohar Joshi with ministerial berths, the Congress had denied such favours to Sajjan Kumar and Jagdish Tytler, accused in the 1984 anti-Sikh riots.

However, Singhvi’s remarks drew a sharp retort from mediapersons who reminded the spokesperson that the two leaders were denied the Lok Sabha ticket only after the famous shoe-hurling episode. And when it was further pointed out that Tytler had been suitably rehabilitated as office-bearer in-charge of Bihar, an embarrassed Singhvi quickly shifted topic.