PC MUST GO FOR LETTING LOOSE BRUTE POLICE FORCE, SAYS BJP
From Our Delhi Bureau
NEW DELHI: The Bhartiya Janata Party's "deal" with the ruling Congress to stall Parliament to skirt the debate other parties wanted on some key issues?
Lok Sabha Leader of Opposition Sushma Swaraj had to face the embarrassing question at a joint press conference with her Rajya Sabha counterpart Arun Jaitley and Shiv Sena leader Anant Geete.
She denied any such deal and asserted that the disruption of the House was also a parliamentary tool to attract attention. Both the Houses of Parliament were adjourned without transacting any business because of the disruptions.
Sushma said her party was not shying away from debates, but certain people smell conspiracy and deals in every issue. Her dig was at the Left Parties upset and angry at pandemonium washing out the debates they secured.
She said her party had no desire to disrupt Parliament, but the events have overtaken it. Demanding resignation of Home Minister P. Chidambaram, she said the government had shown utmost disregard to democracy by beating up BJP Yuva Morcha activists, who were demanding action against corruption.
She said there were three such incidents in the recent past, where government did not allow peaceful protests. Rejecting the police statement that nobody was injured in the police action, Swaraj said 56 people, including four police personnel, have received injuries and were recuperating in different city hospitals. She said a BJP Yuva Morcha activist has received a spinal injury and dozen others have their arms and legs fractured.
"Till recently we were attacking Chidambaram for his role in the spectrum scam. Now, we demand his dismissal from the council of ministers for letting loose brute police force on peaceful protesters," she said.
Arun Jaitely drew parallels between allowing separatists conducting meetings in Delhi and police actions against BJP members and against Baba Ramdev. He said Chidambaram had defended the separatists' meetings citing freedom of expression.
Asked why his party didn’t allow the Home Minister to make a statement, he said police version was not acceptable to them. "We would like to know the truth behind using disproportionate use of force. Police version is that nobody was injured. It is so fanciful, it didn’t serve any purpose."
Shiv Sena leader Anant Geete said the use of force against farmers near Pune was unparalleled. He said it was third such incident after Jaitapur, Paditpur Yatra, where farmers were targeted by police. He thanked Samajwadi Party and Biju Janata Dal for supporting the issue and joining hands to demand dismissal of the Maharashtra government.