New Delhi: It was BJP’s turn yet again to be hit by Wikileaks cables with a US diplomat reporting that its senior leader Arun Jaitley had remarked to him that Hindu nationalism is an “opportunistic issue” for his party.
“Pressed on the question of Hindutva, Jaitley argued that Hindu nationalism ‘will always be a talking point’ for the BJP. However, he characterized this as an opportunistic issue,” a cable by Robert Blake, the Charge at the US Embassy, to his government, had said after a meeting with Jaitley on May 6, 2005.
Jaitley, however, maintained that he had not used the word ” oppurtunistic” while Congress attacked him saying those living in glass houses should not throw stones at others.
The cable by Blake said, “in India’s northeast, for instance, Hindutva plays well because of public anxiety about illegal migration of Muslims from Bangladesh.