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.

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.