Tuesday, November 24, 2009

BJP: Govt planned 'selective leaks' of Liberhan report

BJP on Monday claimed "selective leaks" of the Liberhan Commission report to the media were planned and motivated, saying they had come at a time when the whole opposition was united against the government.

Claiming that the UPA government did not intend to table the full report as it indicts the then Congress government of P V Narasimha Rao, Deputy Leader of BJP in Lok Sabha Sushma Swaraj said the Home Ministry leaked the report to divert attention from the issues being raised by a united opposition.

"This is a planned leak. It is a motivated leak. The first motivation for leaking the report is the unity in opposition on the sugarcane price issue which the government wanted to break. This unity would have continued on price rise and other issues," Swaraj said.

The senior BJP leader further alleged that the government wanted to divert attention from the opposition its plan of raising Madhu Koda and 2G Spectrum allocation scams in Parliament.

"Thirdly, the government wanted to influence the Jharkhand elections where the first phase of polling will be held on November 25," she said. Swaraj argued that since there were just two copies of the report -- one with Justice M S Liberhan and the other with the Home Ministry "under lock and key" -- if the government did not come clear on how the report was leaked, BJP would directly allege that the report was leaked by the Home Ministry.