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BJP’s stir from tomorrow
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, July 4
The BJP today decided to launch an “aggressive” nationwide agitation against the UPA government for its “undemocratic” decisions including the removal of RSS-linked governors and inclusion of “tainted” ministers in the Cabinet.

BJP Vice-President Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi told reporters here that ‘Sansad se sadak’ (Parliament to street) campaign will be undertaken to protest against the numerous undemocratic decisions of the Central Government arising out of their rigid and political biases on various national and security issues.”

He said the BJP would launch “Rashtriya Suraksha, Swabhiman avam Loktantra Bachao Saptah, (National security, self respect and save democracy week)” from July 6, which was an anniversary of Jana Sangh ideologue late Shyama Prasad Mukherjee. The campaign will include public meetings, rallies, demonstrations and sit-ins upto tehsil levels across the country, he said. Several senior BJP leaders, including L.K. Advani, Venkiah Naidu, Murli Manohar Joshi, Pramod Mahajan, Arun Jaitley, Sushma Swaraj, Narendra Modi. will participate in rallies in different parts of the country.

On the day of the campaign launch, a function will be held in the Capital in which former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee will participate.

Mr Naqvi attacked Home Minister Shivraj Patil for his “childish” statement on the removal of governors saying that it was a clear indication that the government had begun to “systematically demolish the constitutional authorities and democratic traditions.”

Referring to Mr Patil’s remarks about decrease in infiltration, the BJP leader said the Home Minister was “ignoring the government data and ground realities”.

He condemned the government moves to abolish POTA. Describing the Manmohan Singh government as “puppet”, Mr Naqvi said it was “working on the directions of various power centres and is in a senseless hurry to fulfil the political wishes of the superbosses.”

On the removal of governors, Mr Naqvi said the manner in which the four governors were removed was a fit case for judicial scrutiny. Mr Naqvi said individuals can go to court to challenge the government decision.

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