‘Sonia, PM `accountable` for midnight crackdown’

Last Updated: Thursday, February 23, 2012 - 15:34

New Delhi: Against the backdrop of the
Supreme Court slamming the Delhi Police for its midnight crackdown against supporters of Ramdev, BJP Thursday held Congress chief Sonia Gandhi, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and
union ministers P Chidambaram and Kapil Sibal "accountable"
for the incident.

"Such an attack on peaceful supporters of Ramdev would
not have been possible without political clearance at a very
high level. The policemen have suffered, but what about
political accountability?" BJP chief spokesperson Ravi Shankar
Prasad asked.

He said the BJP holds "not only" Home Minister
Chidambaram and HRD Minister Sibal "accountable and
responsible" for the incident but also Gandhi and the Prime
Minister "accountable" for it.

"(That is)...because her party and the government have
sustained a campaign against Ramdev, Anna Hazare and Sri Sri
Ravi Shankar," he alleged.

He said the apex court judgement "reinforces" that the
UPA government is "repressive" against those who expose and
try to protest against corruption.

"The earlier judgement on 2G further establishes that the
UPA government is also corrupt...The 122 licences cancelled
were granted through corruption and manipulation," the Rajya
Sabha member said.

The apex court in its verdict today castigated the Delhi
Police and the yoga guru for the midnight violent incident at
the Ramlila Maidan last year and said it was a "glaring
example of trust deficit" between the people and the

A bench of justices B S Chauhan and Swatanter Kumar said
that incident showed might of the state which struck at the
foundation of democracy.


First Published: Thursday, February 23, 2012 - 15:34

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