In a scathing response to Congress leaders, including Priyanka Gandhi, hailing the bhoomi pujan at Ayodhya, Kerala CM lashed out at the party's soft Hindutva approach. Mincing no words, Vijayan said that Priyanka's or other Congress leaders' reactions should not surprise anyone as the party's stand has always been known. "What was Rajiv Gandhi and Narasimha Rao's stand? Their reaction is part of history," he said. The CM added that Congress turned a blind eye to the demolition of Babri masjid. Congress MP Tharoor defended party's reactions saying that his party never opposed the Mandir but was against the criminal demolition of the mosque.