Chennai Describing the midnight crackdown on Baba Ramdev and his followers as alt39 naked fascismalt39, senior BJP leader L K Advani on Sunday demanded an apology from Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Congress Preside
nt Sonia Gandhi for the incident, reports PTI. Likening the situation to the Emergency era of 1975, Advani said President Prathibha Patil should not remain a passive observeralt39 to the developments and demanded that she convene an alt39 emergency sessionalt39 of Parliament to discuss the issue besides black money and corruption.
" I did not anticipate this kind of action ( against Ramdev). Not only was he arrested but women and children ( who were participating in the fast) were beaten up which reminds me of the Jallianwala Bagh incident in Punjab ( during the British rule)." " The Prime Minister and Congress President owe an apology not only to Ramdev but the people of India," he said.
Advani recalled that it was in 1975 when a " desperate government"alt39 ( under late Indira Gandhi) had clamped Emergency which was an " assault on media and one which undermined the constitution." He said the then " desperate government," instead of responding to the " right demands and suggestions of people," chose to impose emergency in which many opposition leaders including himself were arrested under the Maintenance of Internal Security Act ( MISA). Advani recalled that Ramdev had not only supported him when he first raised the black money issue two years back but had also talked about it in his yoga sessions.
In response a question, Advani said the government would have to face the opposition in Parliament in the Monsoon session if BJPalt39s demand for an emergency session was not met with.
Asked about the allegations that BJP and RSS were behind Ramdev, he said alt39 this is a constant refrainalt39. " But for Jan Sangh ( BJPalt39s parent organisation) and Sangh Parivar, Emergency would not have ended… A Congress spokesperson is abusing Ramdev left and right… This kind of allergy to supporters of probity is not the right approach," he said.
Advani also charged the Centre with launching an alt39 assault on federalism,alt39 claiming that states which were not in favour of the Centre were being targeted.
On corruption charges against ruling BJP in Karnataka, especially in relation to the mining sector, Advani said he alt39 is not happy with what is happening there.alt39 alt39 I have told him personally also,alt39 he said in an apparent reference to Chief Minister B S Yeddyurappa, whose government has time and again been facing charges of corruption. Advani, who was in Chennai for a wedding, however insisted that other NDA ruled states, including Bihar, Gujarat and Chattisgarh among others were performing well.