BJP and Congress on Monday clashed over the findings of the Liberhan Commission, which is believed to have indicted senior BJP leaders Atal Bihari Vajpayee, L K Advani and M M Joshi, among others, for the demolition of the Babri Masjid on December 6, 1992.
Justice M S Liberhan, who submitted his findings to the government on June 30, this year after an inquiry lasting nearly 17 years, has called the BJP leaders "pseudo-moderates" and stated that the entire build-up to the demolition was meticulously planned, according to a newspaper report.
The volumnous report, expected to be tabled in Parliament along with the Action Taken Report during the ongoing winter session, is believed to have refrained from coming down heavily on the then Union government headed by P V Narasimha Rao, saying that the then state governor did not do much and also did not seek the Centre's intervention.
Accusing the Congress government of "selectively leaking" the report to one newspaper, BJP spokesman Rajiv Pratap Rudy said this has been done to "divert attention from core issues" like price rise and corruption.
"There is no authenticity of the report. Why government is shying away from tabling the Liberhan report in Parliament?" he asked and said that the move was aimed at creating "turmoil in Parliament and across the nation."
M M Joshi said, "This is a leakage and such leakages are, I think, with a political motive. So the best thing is that the government should place the entire report (in Parliament) and what action they want to take on the report."
Congress spokesman Abhishek Singhvi said that for nearly two decades, the nation as a whole generally knew what had happened and how senior functionaries of a political party watched people causing destruction and mayhem and then shed "crocodile tears".