Netaji files: Declassification starts fresh political battle

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
  • Updated: Sep 19, 2015 13:19 IST

Hours after West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee made public 64 classified files on Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose, the ruling BJP claimed that the Centre too is serious about revealing the truth behind his mysterious disappearance.

"No other prime minister has been so pro-active as Narendra Modi on the issue. He has met the Bose family members and formed a committee to examine the whole complexity of the issue. We are confident that he will do whatever is required to be done on the matter," BJP national spokesperson MJ Akbar said.

BJP secretary Siddharth Nath Singh sought to argue that releasing the Netaji files which are with the Centre would not be an easy decision because of the diplomatic implications.

"The basic difference is that the files held by the state mostly relate to snooping done by Congress governments on Netaji's family members in Kolkata whereas the Centre has to deal with four foreign countries, " he said

The opposition Congress said the controversies over the Netaji files was "needless", while the Trinamool's arch rival CPI(M) asked Banerjee to stop doing politics over Bose.

"All the controversies regarding Netaji's files are needless and they have been created in a political environment. The files are there with the government and they can declassify them whenever they want," Congress leader Sandeep Dikshit said.

The CPI(M) also alleged a nexus between the Trinamool and the BJP to embarrass the Congress.

"The TMC and BJP are hand in gloves on this issue of declassification of files. The BJP wants to bring down Nehru-Gandhi family. We too had our share of differences with Nehru. BJP is now trying to test the waters before taking the decision to declassify files that are lying with the Centre," CPI(M) politburo member Mohammed Salim said.

All India forward Bloc (AIFB), a leftist party formed by Netaji himself, welcomed the declassification of files and demanded that the Centre now must make public 135 files lying with it.

"The argument that if those files were released, our bilateral ties with some nations may be affected adversely has no logic," Bloc general secretary Debabrata Biswas said.

Parties like the BJD were among those who welcomed the West Bengal government's move. “I have publicly said that the files concerning Netaji must be declassified. So, I welcome this move”, BJD’s Jay Panda Panda said.

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