Saturday, October 3, 2015

Netaji files: AIFB to ‘pressurise’ the Centre

The All India Forward Bloc said it will call a meeting of non Congress and non-BJP parties to pressurise the Centre to release files on the Netaji and alleged that the TMC government in West Bengal declassified the files on the nationalist leader with a ‘political motive.’
 “We will call a meeting of all non Congress and non BJP parties in New Delhi this month where we will discuss the issue of declassification of Netaji files. We want to make sure that this united voice of the opposition on the issue reaches the Centre,” All India Forward Bloc (AIFB) general secretary Debabrata Biswas told reporters.
On the declassification of the files by the Mamata Banerjee government, he said “It was done with a political motive. As the chief minister has very well understood that this time she won’t be able to win elections by using film stars, she is trying to divert the attention of the masses.”
Though Biswas on Friday sniffed a political motive in the declassification of Netaji files, he had himself welcomed the state government’s move earlier.
When asked why the Left Front, of which AIFB is a part, did not declassify the Netaji files during its 34-year-long rule, he said, “From the very beginning we had been saying that these 64 files don’t contain any information about Netaji’s disappearance.”
The state government had declassified 64 Netaji files on September 18. The family members of Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose pressed for declassification of files on former Prime Minister the late Lal Bhahdur Shastri, kept in India and Russia to unravel the mystery of his death. Netaji’s grand-nephew Chandra Kumar Bose said on a Facebook post.

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