Seeking to put up a brave front on the 'mole-in-the-PMO' controversy stirred up by its leader Jaswant Singh's book, the BJP on Sunday maintained that he had not used the word mole in his book. The 'bottomline' was whether there was surveillance or not during the Narasimha Rao regime.
"Show one instance where he (Jaswant Singh) has used the word mole in his book Call to Honour: In Service of Emergent India. The media invented the mole," BJP senior leader M Venkaiah Naidu told reporters in Bangalore.
But, Naidu said, the 'bottomline' is "was there surveillance or not" and added, "Yes there was" as the party feels that because of US pressure, the nuclear test was stopped during the Narasimha Rao regime.
Even former President R Venkataraman had mentioned in his book about the nuclear tests being stopped because of American pressure, Naidu said.
He claimed that at that time, Manmohan Singh, as Finance Minister in the Narasimha Rao Government, had opposed India conducting nuclear test then and it had not been contradicted by the Prime Minister.
The NDA during its rule conducted the nuclear tests, he said.
"Mole is not used by Jaswant Singh. As a whole the word mole is made an issue by others," Naidu said.