Sonia's resignation, a desperate attempt to save her own skin: BJP
New Delhi, Mar 23 (UNI) The BJP today termed the resignation of Congress President Sonia Gandhi as Chairman of the National Advisory Council and a Lok Sabha member as a "confession by a culprit caught red handed attempting to subvert Parliament and Constitution".
BJP Spokesman Arun Jaitley said the politics of revenge had recoiled on Mrs Gandhi and her resignation was the result of mounting pressure from various quarters against the Government's move to bring an Ordinance to save her from being disqualified from the Lok Sabha for holding an office of profit.
"She was caught red handed and had become a victim of her own conspiracy notwithstanding the grand stand she has to be taken", he said.
Describing the sine-die adjournment of Parliament an attempt to create conducive atmosphere for issuing the Ordinance, he alleged the Government had subverted the Parliament by this decision.
Asked if the BJP was in favour of amending the law to redefine the office of profit, Mr Jaitley said the party was not for amending the law retrospectively. He, however, refused to comment on individual MPs occupying office of profit because facts of the case were different.
Each invidividual will put up his own defence, he said, when his attention was drawn towards the allegations pointing towards Lok Sabha Speaker Somnath Chatterjee, Congress MPs Dr Karan Singh, Subbarami Reddy and Kapila Vatsyayan and Mr Vijay Kumar Malhotra of the BJP.
He said unlike the Emergency days, democracy was a live and media was free in the country and the Congress did not succeed in its design to subvert the rule of law.
A party delegation earlier had petitioned to President A P J Abdul Kalam with a formal complaint against the attempts to save Mrs Gandhi from being disqualified through an Ordinance.
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