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Vajpayee letter to Indira 'biggest lie of the year': BJP

August 21, 2003 19:09 IST

The Bharatiya Janata Party on Thursday rejected the allegation that Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee had written a letter to then Prime Minister Indira Gandhi during Emergency seeking pardon to gain release from prison.

"There cannot be a bigger lie. It is the biggest lie of the year. There is no such letter," BJP Parliamentary Party spokesman Vijay Kumar Malhotra said.

Some Rashtriya Janata Dal leaders had alleged that Vajpayee had written such a letter.

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Malhotra said over 1,40,000 people were imprisoned during Emergency and claimed several refused to take parole even on the death of their relatives or marriage of children.

"May be some persons who were incarcerated might have written letters seeking apology," he, however, added.

Lok Sabha Speaker Manohar Joshi is examining the contents of a letter purportedly written by Vajpayee, which was sought to be read out by RJD leader Raghuvansh Prasad Singh in Lok Sabha during the debate on no-confidence motion.

RJD chief Laloo Prasad Yadav had also made similar allegations against Sangh Parivar and BJP leaders outside Parliament.

Attacking Congress chief Sonia Gandhi, Malhotra said, "She (Sonia) is still a reader. Only those making maiden speeches are allowed to read out but she has been doing it for the last five years and even during the no-confidence motion against the government, she twice took permission from the chair to read out her speech."

He said this was enough to convince the masses and the country as to 'how such a person can be leader of the country'.

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Sub: Why not answer the allegations

Sonia Gandhi raised some points and sought the govenrment to answer them. Even if someone dislikes Sonia Gandhi as PM, let him be patient and ...

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Sub: Party in Goverment should not play a durty game

The leader of opposition relatively did a good job and one can not deny it. The party in government should not go down with personal ...

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While Smt.Sonia Gandhi remembered about the so called "letters" written by leaders imprisoned by Smt.Indira Gandhi, she would also do well to remember a few ...

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this is arrantly horrendous that some one like mr malhotra comes out something like this on Sonia Gandhi. Although im not a congress supporter, neither ...

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Sonia Gandhi is just taking permission to read letter, but BJP lead NDA government is for each issue to run government is taking permission of ...

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