Hitting back at Congress over the issue, it said the Opposition party has no moral right to criticise it as the party-led government never made any effort to bring the Kohinoor back.

"The charge that the government made a U-turn on the issue is not correct. That earlier stand was consistent with the stand of the previous Congress government and our government yesterday made it clear that it will make all possible efforts to bring it back," BJP national secretary Shrikant Sharma said.

He cited Jawaharlal Nehru, the first Prime Minister, never broached the issue with the UK government, fearing it will spoil his international relations.

"Had there been a strong government earlier, we might have got it back. Our government will make all efforts in this regard," he claimed.

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