It seems that a rather subdued Congress, in the wake of the JBT scam verdict, has decided to match the Indian National Lok Dal's (INLD) criticism step by step.
Ever since the verdict was pronounced, the INLD has launched a vilification campaign against the ruling party in Haryana, accusing it of "fixing" Chautalas in the scam. Former chief minister Om Prakash Chautala's younger son, Abhey Chautala, went about saying that if giving jobs to unemployed youth was a crime, they would go to jails again and again.
To counter the disinformation campaign, as the Congress has put it, chief minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda convened a meeting in Chandigarh on Tuesday and asked party legislators and Independents supporting the government to disseminate correct information about the case.
The Congress counter-attack comes more than three weeks after a CBI court had last month convicted Om Prakash Chautala, his MLA son Ajay Chautala along with 53 others in the junior basic teachers' (JBT) recruitment scam case.
Press meets of Congress legislators Karan Singh Dalal, on Tuesday and Nalwa legislator Sampat Singh on Wednesday can be seen in this light.
"It is wrong on the part of INLD leaders to give a political colour to the CBI court order. It was a historic one and marks the beginning of the cleansing of political system in the country- and they should respect the judiciary.
Stating that the said order had instilled faith and respect for judiciary in the mind of people, he also held that the party leaders took a few days time to react as they probably first sought to see how far the INLD leaders could go.
He cautioned the INLD against glorying convicted leaders and comparing their jail sentence to sacrifices made by Chautala's late father, Devi Lal. "Devi Lal was never convicted in corruption, cheating and forgery cases and such a comparison is an insult to him."