New Delhi: Accusing the UPA government of attacking civil liberties, a delegation of BJP-led NDA met President Pratibha Patil to demand convening of a special session of Parliament to discuss the issue of black money and police action against Baba Ramdev and his supporters.
A delegation of NDA leaders led by BJP Parliamentary Party chairman L. K. Advani met the President and handed over a memorandum demanding immediate convening of a special session of Parliament and passage of a resolution declaring the ill-gotten money stashed away abroad as national asset.
The memorandum said in the special session, the opposition wants to “compel” the government to explain its “brutal action against peaceful protesters and apologize for this attack on civil liberties and democratic rights”.
Leaders of Bharatiya Janata Party walk back after meeting the President Pratibha Patil to voice displeasure over the police’s evacuation Sunday of a camp being hosted by yoga guru Baba Ramdev in New Delhi. AP Photo
It said the opposition also favoured passage of a resolution declaring all Indian money stashed away in foreign banks as a national asset.
A similar demand was made by Baba Ramdev during his agitation here.
A Rashtrapati Bhavan spokesperson said, “The President met the NDA delegation led by L. K. Advani. Advani requested the President to summon a special session of Parliament to explain the action taken against protesters or civil society activists and to discuss issues related to corruption and black money”.
The President gave them a patient hearing and assured the delegation that the memorandum will be examined and sent to the government for appropriate action.
“The President reminded that receiving a delegation and memorandum have never been a mere formality and that appropriate follow up action has always been taken,” the spokesperson said.
BJP, whose top leaders are holding a ‘satyagraha’ at Rajghat here to protest the crackdown on Ramdev and his supporters, accused the government of “shielding and protecting” the corrupt.