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25 November, 2009

‘Liberhan report is like a thesis against BJP, RSS’

Nov 25, 2009 | Chandigarh. Coming down heavily on the Liberhan Commission report that probed the demolition of Babri Masjid 17 years ago, the BJP today alleged that it was "perverse, unfounded, vague and uncertain" and like a "thesis" against the saffron party and the RSS.
"The Commission's report is perverse, unfounded, and has drawn its conclusions without any logic, without meaning and without appreciation of the evidence. The findings of the report, which is like a thesis against the BJP and the RSS, are vague and uncertain," senior BJP leader and former MP, Satya Pal Jain told a news conference here this evening.
He alleged that the Justice M S Liberhan Commission report tabled in both the Houses of the Parliament on Wednesday, appears to target senior BJP leaders including L K Advani and Murli Manohar Joshi.
Jain, who appeared as Advani's counsel before the Commission, also expressed surprise as to how former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee had been indicted "when he was not summoned even once by the Commission".
"It's ironical that the Commission has remained silent on the role of former Prime Minister P V Narasimha, who deposed before the Commission (during whose tenure the Masjid was brought down). The entire nation has been left in a state of shock and surprise how Vajpayee was indicted when he was not even summoned once," he said, adding late BJP leader Pramod Mahajan had also not been given any opportunity to present his view before the Commission.
Jain also alleged that the Union Home Minister P Chidambaram and the Home Ministry had "intentionally selectively leaked the Commission report in the media".
He said that Chidambaram should own the "moral responsibility" for the "leakage" of the report and step down as Home Minister.
Jain alleged that the Congress party wanted to derive political mileage and shift the nation's focus from burning issues like inflation and terrorism, "which is why they leaked the report at a time when it suited them best".
"The Congress also had an eye on the minority votes as first phase of elections in Jharkhand was held today," he alleged.
To a question, Jain said that the then Advani's Personal security Officer, Anju Gupta Rizvi had also deposed before the Commission and admitted that Advani never wanted the structure to be brought down and when he was proceeding towards the Masjid, he was prevented from going there due to security reasons.