Stepping up attack on the BJP on the WikiLeaks report concerning Arun Jaitley, Congress on Monday told the Opposition that chickens would come home to roost sooner than later if it failed to raise substantive issues.

“Substantive politics needs to be done on substantive issues,” Congress spokesman Manish Tewari told reporters here.

Accusing the BJP of engaging in double-speak, Mr. Tewari listed out instances from the reports of WikiLeaks revelations and contended that Opposition leaders had taken a completely opposite stand to that of its political resolutions while interacting with U.S. embassy officials.

“The BJP is double-tongued, double-faced and completely unscrupulous in their conviction,” he said, adding that unfortunately for the BJP the hazard of depending on hearsay has manifest itself very soon.

WikiLeaks cables had reported that Robert Blake, Charge d’ affairs at the U.S. Embassy, had conveyed to his government, after a meeting with Mr. Jaitley on May 6, 2005, that “Jaitley argued that Hindu nationalism ‘will always be a talking point’ for the BJP. However, he characterised this as an opportunistic issue.”

Mr. Jaitley has maintained that he had not used the word “opportunistic”.

To a question on state of Muslims in Gujarat, he said the state represents the most reprehensible face of the BJP.

“You had a pogram which is carried out against the minorities. You had subversion of justice taking place all these years and even today those innocents who were done to death, their next of kin are yet to get justice,” Mr. Tewari said.

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