Congress, BJP spar over ‘snooping’ on Netaji’s relatives

The ruling BJP hit out at Congress saying revelations show that snooping was in the Congress’s DNA.

By: Express News Service | New Delhi | Updated: April 11, 2015 7:14 am

netaji-nehruWith recently declassified Intelligence Bureau files reportedly revealing that the Jawaharlal Nehru government spied on the kin of Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose for nearly two decades, the Congress on Friday accused the government of “selectively leaking” information to defame national icons. The ruling BJP, on the other hand, hit out at the Congress saying the revelations show that snooping was in the Congress’s DNA.

“A systematic and sinister propaganda of selective leaks and half-truths have been unleashed by current BJP government to malign national icons, who reshaped India’s destiny, rewrote its history and made it a great nation today,” Congress spokesperson Abhishek Singhvi said.

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“The Prime Minister and Home Minister must explain as to why only ‘notings on the file’ of the two declassified files have been released while the ‘correspondence portion’ of these files were withheld. Does the correspondence portion contain some inconvenient truth that PMO has chosen to withhold?” he said.

The Congress claimed that there is no record in the National Archives of any press correspondent as having visited and perused these files.

“Who, in the government, is then making the selective leaks with a view to defame national icons? We demand that PM Narendra Modi and Home Minister Rajnath Singh should have the courage to come out, make a statement and place full facts in public domain as the PMO has still kept 58 and Home Ministry kept 29 related files as classified on Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose,” he said.

“We also demand that all such documents should be declassified so that complete truth is placed in public domain,” he added.

The BJP utilised the reports that Bose’s family was kept under surveillance between 1948 and 1968 to hit out at the Congress. “The BJP today is definitely taking a stand that this is really surprising and shocking. Already on the dimension of snooping, research that has come out, I certainly feel that till 2010-11 snooping has become a part of Congress’ DNA…We express our concern,” Union Commerce Minister Nirmala Sitharaman said.

“The party (Congress) snooped then on Subhash Chandra Bose’s family and continued during Indira Gandhi’s regime when her daughter-in-law was also snooped at. The Finance Minister of the country was also subjected to snooping, about which we do not know what came out,” she said.

Singhvi, however, said: “In its classic diabolical design, BJP is seeking to malign not only Nehru but also other national leaders like Patel, Shastri, Gulzarilal Nanda.”

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  1. Anil Tandale
    Apr 11, 2015 at 8:59 am
    National icons for the Congress Party mean only the Nehru family and its extensions. All others who sacrificed are deliberately and systematically ignored to create a smoke around one person and one family. Even Mahatma hi's successors are not chosen for any position or recognition. The history of pre-independence and post-independence needs to be rewritten after destroying the motivated lies manufactured by leftist writers.
    1. D
      Apr 11, 2015 at 11:38 am
      What this BJP stooge wants to prove? The Congress party has raised a few valid questions and I agree with them. Why the BJP controlled media is only raking up Nehur's name when the appropriate headline should have been "Three successive PMs snooped on Netaji's kin"? But that won't be the case as this would have involved RSS darling Lal Bahadur Shastri's name. Second, what about those home ministers including another RSS idol Patel who must have known about this. Did they try to prevent this snooping or not. Third, why Subhash Bose is being portra as a flawless hero? No one is paying any attention to the fact that what must have happened to India had he won and the anese had been at the doorsteps of India? Why the same media is not interested in exposing the treachery of RSS and Hindu Mahasabha ideologues like Savarkar and others in selling out to the British?
      1. S
        Apr 11, 2015 at 1:44 pm
        Nehru and Bose. One was in the forefront of country's freedom struggle. The other tried to take a different path to drive away the British.
        1. E
          Apr 11, 2015 at 9:44 am
          I have a feeling that there must be a connection with TWO incidents ... First, the disappearance of Netaji and ... Second, death of Lal Bahadur Shastri in Tashkant ... it might be possible that Shastri ji was killed when he came to know something about Netaji ... has any investigation done on this ... ??? ... Nehru died in 1964 ... Netaji was spied on by the Congress Government till 1968 ... it means a lot ... !!!
          1. G
            Apr 11, 2015 at 11:06 am
            It is tragic that contributions of ideologically different personalities like Bose and Sawarkar were always allergic to congress. The Mahatma had advised his party men not to discredit committed involvement of non congress freedom fighters in struggle for Indian independence. But early post independence days the then ruling government misused its power to devalue opponents. Sawarkar was arrested after ination of Mahatma whereas Dr Khakhoje was made to depart when he entered the homeland after 15th August 1947. Today Mexican parliament feel proud to salute statue of him for his contribution to that nation. Congress has a bad (post independence) history that it could never digest opposition. Emergency of 1975 was also imposed to serve the authoritarian rule. Declified files on other matter can bring the truth to light.
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