Bangalore: Upping the ante, BJP on Thursday
announced it would undertake a three-day mass awakening
programme, including nationwide protests and meetings, from
June 24 on the issues of corruption and black money.
This programme is to protest against the "wanton" attack on
peoples` democratic right and to reaffirm the commitment
against black money and bringing back corrupt money lying in
foreign banks, BJP chief spokesperson Ravi Shankar Prasad told
"The more the central government is getting exposed in
corruption, the more anti-democratic it`s becoming in crushing
people`s protests," he said on the police action against Yoga
instructor Baba Ramdev and his supporters at Ramlila grounds.
"This most undemocratic repression was done only because
the peaceful demonstrations were demanding strong action
against black money and corruption," Prasad said.
The same government, he said, allowed separatist leader
Syed Ali Shah Geelani to hold a meeting in Delhi.
Home Minister Chidambaram justified police inaction against
Geelani saying he had freedom of speech and protest, he said.
"However, any protest against corruptin is not being
tolerated by the same government," he said. "Dr Manmohan Singh
in the most shameful manner has justified this atrocity
(against Ramdev and supporters) while Sonia Gandhi and Rahul
Gandhi are still maintaining a conspicuous silence".