Publication of purported key conclusions of the Liberhan Commission probing the Babri Masjid demolition in 1992 set off a political storm on Monday with the BJP accusing the Government of a "planned leak" to divide the Opposition.
The Congress hit back saying the whole nation know that the BJP had shed "crocodile tears" after its senior functionaries had watched people causing destruction and mayhem.
BJP deputy leader in Lok Sabha Sushma Swaraj said the "selective leaks" of the Commission's report to the media were politically motivated and had come at a time when the Opposition was united against the government over issues like price rise and sugarcane prices.
Rejecting the BJP charge, 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 witnessed the destruction of the Babri Masjid and then shed "crocodile tears".
Top BJP leaders L K Advani, Murli Manohar Joshi and other functionaries are believed to have been indicted in the report which is said to have concluded that the demolition was meticulously planned.
The report of Justice M S Liberhan, who submitted his findings to the government on June 30 this year after an inquiry spanning nearly 17 years, is due to be placed in Parliament before the winter session ends next month.
Hitting out at the Government, Murli Manohar 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."
Countering the BJP salvo, Singhvi said, "the nation also knows about the Rath Yatra(undertaken by Advani), the organised movements. So, I think the people of the country cannot be treated as fools as those who treat them as fools are the real fools".
Kalyan Singh, who was the Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh during the Babri Masjid demolition in 1992, refused to comment on "leaked" portions of the report.
"I will not comment on the findings of the Liberhan Commission till it is placed in Parliament," the former BJP leader who is now an Independent MP from Etah, told PTI.
Bhartiya Janshakti Party president Uma Bharti said the "selective leakage" was an attempt by the Centre to divert people's attention from important issues confronting the nation.
She accused the Government of trying to "malign" the name of former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee.
Giving his reaction, SP chief Mulayam Singh Yadav accused the government of sitting over the Liberhan report. "Right from the Sri Krishna Commission and Liberhan Commission, all these commissions (were) set up by Congress governments and now they are sitting on it," he said.
RLD chief Ajit Singh said, "Government has said they will place the report in this session of the House. Let it happen. Parliament is the right forum to discuss it."