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Ramdev Row: Advani Urges Prez to Convene Emergency Session of Parliament

New Delhi: Coming down heavily on the police action against protesting yoga guru Baba Ramdev, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader LK Advani today urged President Pratibha Patil to convene an emergency session of Parliament.

Talking to reporters in Chennai, Advani said: “I want the president to take cognizance of the happenings in the country for the past six months and convene an emergency session of Parliament

“I would urge the president that she should not be a passive observer (the events),” he said.

Accusing the police of forcing Ramdev to end his hunger strike against corruption at Delhi’s Ramlila ground, Advani said: “Police beat up the young and old. It was like Jallianwala Bagh.

“The Prime Minister ( Manmohan Singh) and Congress president Sonia Gandhi, who is also chairperson of the UPA (United Progressive Alliance), owe an apology to Ramdev and the whole country,” he said.

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