The Bharatiya Janata Party has asked President Pratibha Patil to convene a special session of Parliament to discuss the police action against yoga guru Baba Ramdev and the issue of black money .
The President goes by the advice of the Union Council of Ministers on almost all matters, including the convening of a Parliament session.
BJP wants the government to spell out on the floor of Parliament why it took action against ‘peaceful’ protesters and apologise for it, bring a resolution declaring all Indian money stashed away in foreign banks as national wealth and introduce a legislation to empower enforcement authorities to take severe penal action against those who have indulged in criminal pilferage of national resources.
BJP galavanised itself after a ’24-hour satyagraha,’ which ended on Monday night. In the sweltering heat, some leaders, including Opposition Sushma Swaraj, even danced a few steps amid anti-government slogans, speeches and music. BJP brass, including party President Nitin Gadkari , senior leader LK Advani and Opposition leader in the Rajya Sabha Arun Jaitley, participated in the protest in the Capital, as the party intensified its agitation country-wide.
A delegation of BJP’s top leaders submitted a memorandum to the President, asking her as “guardian of the Constitution” to use the ‘powers vested in her office’ to convene a session. The President told BJP leaders that receiving a delegation and memorandum have never been a mere formality and that appropriate follow up action was always taken. Advani had said in an interview to a television channel on Saturday night that the President was “unresponsive.”
Addressing the media after meeting the President, Advani slammed the government saying that when Ramdev flew into Delhi, he was given a reception which even US President Barack Obama did not get. “The barbaric attack on peaceful supporters of Baba Ramdev by the Delhi Police on the instructions of the Union Government, is truly reminiscent of General Dyers’ psychopathic action against freedom fighters in Jallianwala Bagh,” the party’s memorandum said.
It also made it a point to mention that the demand for the wealth siphoned off from India to be returned was first raised by LK Advani on the eve of the 2009 election. Economic Times