Jammu incidents: Advani lodges protest with PM

L K Advani on Monday talked to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to lodge a protest over the developments which had "never happened" earlier.

Last Updated: Jan 24, 2011, 20:30 PM IST

New Delhi: Unhappy over the treatment meted
out to party colleagues Sushma Swaraj and Arun Jaitley at
Jammu airport, senior BJP leader L K Advani on Monday talked to
Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to lodge a protest over the
developments which had "never happened" earlier.

"I talked to the Prime Minister to register protest over
the way authorities prevented Sushma Swaraj and Arun Jaitley,
both Leaders of Opposition in two Houses of Parliament, from
entering Jammu and threatened to deport them back to Delhi,"
Advani said.

While expressing anguish, the Chairman of BJP
Parliamentary Party told Singh that such developments had
"never happened earlier".

Advani said Swaraj and Jaitley had refused to return to
Delhi.
Swaraj and Jaitley, who went to Jammu this afternoon to
join the party`s Ekta Yatra, were prohibited from coming out
of the airport, leading to a stand-off.

On being told by the authorities that prohibitory orders
under Section 144 was in force, Swaraj and Jaitley asked them
to arrest them rather than sending back to Delhi, Advani said.

Asked whether Singh had given any assurance to him,
Advani said, "I did not call to seek any assurance but just to
register my protest at the treatment meted out to our two
senior leaders."

PTI