Agitated over police action against protesting BJP youth wing activists here on Tuesday, senior BJP leader L. K. Advani on Wednesday complained to Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee that the orders seem to have come directly from Home Ministry.
Mr. Advani, who met Mr. Mukherjee in Parliament, told him about the “atrocities” meted out to the activists of the Bhartiya Janata Yuva Morcha.
Sources said Mr. Advani told Mr. Mukherjee that such action could not have been taken without orders from the higher ups in the Home Ministry. Delhi police comes directly under Mr. Chidambaram.
Mr. Advani had visited the injured in hospital on Tuesday and demanded an inquiry into the matter.
However, the party has now upped its demand and wants Mr. Chidambaram’s resignation.
The senior BJP leader also told Mr. Mukherjee that there were reports of Mr. Chidambaram telling a section of the media that he did not want another “Ayodhya-like incident” and hence the lathi-charge on activists.
He told Mr. Mukherjee that even handicapped activists were not spared by the police during the lathi-charge.
The youth wing activists had taken the metro train to Parliament and then walked upto Vijay Chowk in small groups, taking the police by surprise. Hindu