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Updated: November 23, 2009 12:19 IST

Liberhan report leaked with an eye on Jharkhand polls: Rajnath

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BJP president Rajnath Singh. Photo: PTI
PTI BJP president Rajnath Singh. Photo: PTI

BJP President Rajnath Singh on Monday accused the government of “selectively leaking” the Liberhan Commission report on Babri Masjid demolition to the media with the aim of “polarising” voters ahead of the assembly elections in Jharkhand.

“Keeping the upcoming elections in view, the UPA government has selectively leaked the report to the media so that there is a polarisation of votes,” he said here reacting to the reported findings of the Commission which is believed to have indicted senior BJP leaders Atal Bihari Vajpayee, L K Advani and M M Joshi, among others, for the demolition.

“The selective leakage was intentional. A report of any commission is traditionally placed on the first day of the Parliament session. The government could have placed it in the House in July as the Liberhan Commission report was given to the government on June 30,” he told reporters.

The BJP leader asked the Centre to explain how the report was leaked.

On the names of BJP leaders, including Mr. Vajpayee, featuring in the report, Mr. Singh said “the country admires Mr. Vajpayee’s towering personality. Efforts are being made to tarnish his image just ahead of elections in Jharkhand, a state created by the BJP-led government.

“The people will give a fitting reply as the BJP has never been communal,” Mr. Singh said.

“Because of political rivalry, political and secular groups should not be defamed...I fail to understand why the government is jeopardising peace in the nation for its political interests,” he said.

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