The Congress on Saturday attacked the BJP for denying the WikiLeaks' disclosures about Arun Jaitley, one of its senior leaders, who had apparently told an American diplomat in May 2005 that Hindu nationalism was an opportunistic issue for the party.

Congress spokesperson Shakeel Ahmed said the BJP and Hindu ideological organisations like the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh always used religion for selfish gains.

“The things that have been revealed by WikiLeaks are identical to what people think,” Mr. Ahmed said. “We have been saying that BJP and RSS, for their own selfishness, use religion to play with the sentiments of the people to gain votes.”

The very people who had stated that the whistleblower was a “verifiable source and created chaos inside and outside Parliament against the Union government should ask Sushma Swaraj and L.K. Advani whether what the WikiLeaks said earlier was wrong or right.”

While the BJP was willing to believe the WikiLeaks as long as it said damaging things about the Congress, the party denounced its revelations about its own leaders as incorrect.

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