NEW DELHI, Jan 23 � A political slugfest broke out today over the Salman Rushdie controversy with the BJP slapping charges of �match fixing� on the Congress which hit back accusing the saffron party of playing a �dangerous� game on a sensitive issue, reports PTI.
�It is a clear case of match fixing between intelligence agencies and jehadis in which the Congress government of Rajasthan played a supportive and active role,� BJP�s chief spokesperson Ravishankar Prasad said.
He said Congress was using the issue to gain political mileage in poll-bound Uttar Pradesh. Prasad also alleged that Congress deliberately communalised UP politics citing Digvijay Singh, who termed the Batla House encounter as fake.
Arun Jaitley, leader of Opposition in Rajya Sabha said, the government should have provided protection to Rushdie rather than stage-managing his absence with a concocted death threat.