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BJP should think where it is taking politics: Congress

BJP should think where it is taking politics: Congress

New Delhi: The BJP should think of where it was taking politics of the country, the Congress said Monday after the party asked it to come clean on reported WikiLeaks disclosures that the late Rajiv Gandhi may have been a middleman for a Swedish company looking to sell fighter jets to India in the 1970s.

"We should think where we are taking politics," Congress general secretary Janardhan Dwivedi said, referring to the Bharatiya Janata Party's comments following the US diplomatic cables from the Henry Kissinger era obtained by WikiLeaks and reported by The Hindu Monday.

The Congress leader said there appeared truth in apprehensions that an attempt was being made to create an atmosphere of suspicion. He said the Congress was an organisation that was over 125 years old and was dedicated to values.

Dwivedi also hit out at the BJP-led National Democratic Alliance about socialist leader George Fernandes being prepared to accept money from US central intelligence agency (CIA).

If it was assumed that there was some truth in reports of cable information, was it also true that information pertaining to Fernandes was true, he asked.

Dwivedi said Fernandes was not well and he did not want to make an allegation against him.

"But is it true he got money from CIA," he asked. Fernandes was a minister in NDA government.

Dwivedi said if the story was stretched, "were the BJP leaders also involved."

The BJP has asked the Congress to "come clean" on the "WikiLeaks revelations" that the late Rajiv Gandhi had been a middleman for Swedish company Saab-Scania when it was trying to sell its Viggen fighter aircraft to India in the 1970s.

The Hindu also reported that US diplomatic cables claimed that Fernandes had said in November 1975 that "he was even now prepared to accept money from the CIA".

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