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Fernandes flays Govt's rejection of Netaji report

Fernandes alleged successive Congress governments have repeated "the lie" that Netaji died in a plane crash on August 18, 1945.

india Updated: May 19, 2006 01:11 IST

Former Defence Minister and JD(U) leader George Fernandes on Thursday flayed the Congress-led UPA government's rejection of the findings of the Mukherjee Commission which said Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose did not die in a plane crash in August, 1945.

Fernandes alleged successive Congress governments have repeated "the lie" that Netaji died in a plane crash on August 18, 1945.

"Every time the issue of Netaji's death was raised with the Congress government, this lie was repeated by those who succeeded Jawaharlal Nehru," he said in a statement.

Fernandes that charged Nehru "created this falsehood" as he wanted to "establish a dynasty as rulers of the nation. The other fear was that if it came to be known that Netaji was alive, the entire nation would rally behind him and sideline Nehru".

The Justice MK Mukherjee Commission, whose report was tabled in Lok Sabha on Wednesday, concluded that Bose "is dead" but "he did not die in the plane crash, as alleged" and the ashes in Renkoji temple in Tokyo are not of Netaji". But the government refused to accept the report.