The UPA-Left on Wednesday launched a counter attack on the BJP for dubbing Pratibha Patil as a "tainted" presidential candidate and the call for conscience vote in favour of Vice President Bhairon Singh Shekhawat, whom it asked to quit the race.
Parliamentary Affairs Minister PR Dasmunsi also said that the Election Commission should take note of Leader of Opposition LK Advani's call for a public campaign to "mount pressure" on MPs and MLAs of UPA-Left to vote for Shekhawat.
Terming Advani's remarks as "dangerous", he alleged at a press conference at Congress headquarters that the safety and security of the elected representatives would come into question in view of such statements.
A highlight of the press conference was Dasmunsi's demand that Shekhawat should resign from Vice Presidentship on "moral grounds" as did by Patil who quit as Rajasthan Governor before entering the race.
Addressing the national executive of the BJP on Tuesday, Advani had appealed constituents of the UPA to reconsider their decision to field Patil by pondering over the question as to what would happen if "Rashtrapati Bhavan itself gets a tainted occupant?"
The Leader of Opposition had asked the BJP and its allies to organise a mass awareness campaign soon to mount public pressure on MPs and MLAs of the UPA constituents to cast a 'conscience vote' in favour of Shekhawat, contesting as an 'independent' with NDA backing.