Liberhan report rocks Houses

BJP accuses Home Ministry of leaking documents, stalls LS& RS proceedings

Liberhan report rocks Houses


Both Houses of Parliament witnessed uproar and had to be adjourned repeatedly and finally for the day after the Opposition Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) MPs stalled the proceedings protesting against the alleged leaking of the Liberhan Commission report on the demolition of the Babri Masjid to a section of the media by the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA). They demanded that the government immediately table the probe panel’s report in Parliament. The MPs of the left parties, Samajwadi Party (SP) and the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP), too, supported them.

What infuriated the BJP is  the purported indictment of its senior leaders like L K Advani and Murli Manohar Joshi for their roles in the events leading to the demolition of the disputed structure on December 6, 1992. The probe panel also purportedly accused senior leader A B Vajpayee and some other leaders for creating communal discord ahead of, what it termed  a meticulously planned demolition.

Advani shocked
Advani, Leader of the Opposition in the Lok Sabha, himself  led the protest by his party MPs, who later stormed into the well of the House shouting slogans against the government. “I was shocked to see the report as it has been leaked. I want to know who leaked it and why,” said Advani. Home Minister P Chidambaram’s assurance that the government would table the probe panel’s findings and the action taken report in Parliament in the current session itself could not pacify the agitated BJP members.

Chidambaram told the Lok Sabha and the Rajya Sabha that the MHA had only one copy of the Liberhan Commission report, and that was with him. He denied the Opposition allegation that the report had been leaked by the MHA itself.

He asserted that none of the officials of his ministry had ever spoken to journalists on the probe panel’s findings. He termed media reports purportedly based on the commission’s findings as “unfortunate.”

He, however, refrained from commenting on the veracity of the media reports.
“I must be a foolish man to leak it and embarrass myself,” the home minister told the Rajya Sabha, after reading out a statement that he had earlier made in the Lok Sabha.

Talking to journalists later, Sushma Swaraj, the BJP deputy leader in the Lok Sabha, alleged that the Congress-led UPA government had selectively leaked the commission’s report to media to end the unity among the BJP and other parties like the SP, BSP and the leftists on the sugarcane pricing issue.

She alleged that the government wanted to preempt similar concerted protests by the BJP and other parties in both Houses on issues like price rise, alleged corruption by former Jharkhand chief minister Madhu Koda and 2G Spectrum allocation scam.
The leftist parties, SP and BSP will find to difficult to go with the BJP once the saffron leaders are indicted for the demolition of the disputed structure, which had resulted in a communal riot across the country.

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