After 2002 Godhra and 2004 Ishrat Jahan, now add the Tulsi Prajapati encounter case of 2001 to the list. We now have an umpteenth sting operation against the BJP which features Prakash Javadekar and Bhupendra Yadav (both MPs) along with RSS man Ramlal Gupta.
Sting operations in India follow a very interesting pattern. The Congress has ruled India for the maximum number of years: The party has produced maximum Prime Ministers and maximum Prime Ministers.
Not only this, but Congress regimes have witnessed the maximum number of scams. It follows that the maximum number of sting operations should have taken place against the Congress. But that is not so.
You may remember the Tehelka expose in 2001 that showed the BJP in very bad light. Samata Party leader George Fernandes had to quit as Defence Minister. BJP President Bangaru Laxman was convicted.
But there is a catch. There was no scam in the first place. It was solely created by Tehelka to show loopholes in the Indian defence system. (In the US, they probably would have been thrown in jail for life for doing such a thing.)
However when the cash for votes scam happened in 2008, which might have shown the Congress and Prime Minister Manmohan Singh in very bad light, the concerned TV channel meekly handed over the sting tapes to totally kill the matter at that time.
Even something like Operation Duryodhana, which involved 11 MPs taking money to ask questions in Parliament, featured only 1 Congress MP as against 7 BJP MPs: This despite the fact that Congress MPs are the single largest block. Co-incidence?
Image: Prakash Javadekar (R), in New Delhi, on 29 July 2000. (AFP)