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Centre must table Phukan report: Mahajan

Centre must table Phukan report: Mahajan

Author: Special Correspondent
Publication: The Hindu
Date: May 9, 2005

"Attempt to discredit judge as report not to Congress liking"

Senior Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Pramod Mahajan on Sunday alleged that there was a "method in the madness" of the United Progressive Alliance Government to discredit Justice S.N. Phukan Commission of Inquiry. The report was not what the Congress wanted, he said.

Reiterating the party's demand that the Phukan Commission report should be tabled in Parliament,. Mr. Mahajan said the country needed to know what the report said and not the flights Mr. Justice Phukan took in the Avro aircraft of the Indian Air Force.

"The report is with the Government of India and Defence Minister Pranab Mukherjee must have read it as he has to prepare the action taken report. The report is not what they (Congress) wanted. So they have adopted this method discrediting the judge and the report," he said.

Mr. Mahajan, who has been appointed party in-charge for the Assembly elections in Assam, was here to assess the party's preparedness for the elections due  in May 2006. Addressing a press conference after meeting party functionaries, the senior BJP leader said the constant influx of illegal migrants in Assam posed a security threat to the entire nation.

Responding to a question, Mr. Mahajan said it was a parliamentary standing committee headed by Mr. Pranab Mukherjee that "lingered" on the Bill tabled by the NDA in Parliament for repealing the Illegal Migrants (determination by Tribunal) Act . the people of Assam had two options; either support the congress which wanted the Act to remain or the  BJP which wanted to scrap the Act.

Asked if the party would enter into a pre-poll alliance with Asom Gana Parished, Mr. Mahajan said for the time being an alliance was the last thing on this mind.

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