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Advani demands emergency session of Parliament

india Updated: Jun 05, 2011 15:34 IST
KV Lakshmana
KV Lakshmana
Hindustan Times
KV Lakshmana

Describing prime minister Manmohan Singh and UPA chairperson and AICC president Sonia Gandhi as facist,former deputy prime minister and senior BJP leader LK Advani on Sunday demanded an emergency parliament session to discuss gigantic and widespread corruption the UPA 2 government was seeped in.

Condemning the midnight eviction of Baba Ramdev sprreadhearing the movement to bring back blackmoney stashed abroad and the beating up of women, children and aged people congregated at Ramlila Maidan in Delhi, Advani said June 2011 promises to be yet another turning polnt in Indian political history of the country.

Just like June 1975 was a turning point, when emergency was imposed following a landmark judgement by Allahabad High Court declaring the then prime minister Indira Gandhi's election null and void and unseating her, Advani said the midnight police action by the UPA government will script the future political history of the country.

Addressing a hurriedly called press conference, Advani who is in the capital to participate in a private wedding ceremony between the scions of two big private enterprises -- TVS and Infosys -- said it reminded him of emergency days. In June 1975, he said, he had reached Bangalore after his party's national executive and was arrested there under MISA.

Today, I am in another prominent South Indian town of Chennai, and I dont know whether I will be arrested here and prevented from going to Delhi where our party is meeting and has plan to observe Satyagraha at Rajghat," Advani said to liken the current development with the darkdays of emergency.

"I am going to Delhi and paricipate in the dharna," Advani said.

Prime minister Manmohan Singh, UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi have acted in a "naked fascist manner" with a person with whom the government ministers were negotiating."It was my daughter who woke me up at midnight to show me what was happening at Ramlila Maidan," Advani said and condemened the police action on Baba Ramdev who had taken up the issue of black money stashed abroad. "I hold Baba in high esteem. He was one national personality who had taken up the
issue of black money that I had raised in parliament in 2009 and used to mention it at every one of his yoga camps across the country," Advani said.

The president must now be proactive and take a decisive action on the corruption that the UPA government indulging in, Advani said and aked her to convene an emergency parliament session without any delay. "I would urge the president to be proactive and not be a passive obsever of rhe rampant corruption that the UPA government was indulging in.

Over the past six months, mega scandals -- Commonwealth games, 2G Spectrum scam and Defence Land scam in Maharashtra-- have come out. It was the pressure from the BJP and other opposition parties and some allies of the Congress that the government ultimately caved in and formed the JPC.

Left to itself, it would not have done anything, Advani said and charged prime minister Manmohan Singh, finance minister Pranab Mukherjee and home minister P Chidambaram with defending the accused in the Spectrum scam. Now, if the former telecom minister A Raja is in jail, it is not because of the UPA government but it is entirely due to pressure
from the Supreme Court. And Raja has claimed he has done everything with PM's concurrance, Advani said.

Asked if the President failed to respond to the demand for a special session, Advani said "they will have to face the parliament in Monsoon Session. But till then we will take the issue to the peoples court."

Tamil Nadu elections, he said, have a significant national ramifications in the sense that the voters here have proved that corruption was a major issue. And nationally too, corruption will be an issue, Advani said.