With the Liberhan Commission report on Babri Masjid demolition stirring the political scene, Congress on Tuesday kept Atal Bihari Vajpayee on its radar saying it was a "guilt by association" while his party BJP demanded the resignation of Home Minister P Chidambaram over its leakage to the media.
The BJP rallied behind Vajpayee and said the report violated the principles of natural justice by naming the former prime minister among the indicted persons without summoning him for a hearing.
The BJP's founthead RSS stood behind the saffron party whose top leadership has been indicted by the Commission claiming whatever happened on the day of demolition on December 6, 1992 was a result of "pent up frustration" and anger of lakhs and crores of people.
The CPI-M said the Liberhan Commission "only confirms the preplanned conspiracy" to demolish the Babri Masjid by saffron outfits but felt that the late premier P V Narasimha Rao was equally responsible for the incident by not being able to prevent it.
Congress spokesman Abhishek Singhvi commenting on the finding that the top leadership (of BJP) could not but have known it(demolition) said of Vajpayee, "That is guilt by association." Asked whether Congress was responsible for the demolition, Singhvi said "I am touching my heart that Congress is not responsible".
Upping the ante, senior BJP leader Sushma Swaraj said, "The report is leaked from not the Home Ministry but from the Home Minister. We demand that the Home Minister take full responsibility and give his resignation." The BJP also demanded a CBI probe.
Kalyan Singh, who was the Chief Minister of BJP-ruled Uttar Pradesh in 1992 at the time of the demolition, showed no remorse and did not regret the incident.