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Advani takes credit for Sonia's resignation

March 23, 2006 18:26 IST

Bharatiya Janata Party leader L K Advani on Thursday sought to take credit for the resignation of Congress president Sonia Gandhi from the Lok Sabha, as also from the chairpersonship of the National Advisory Council.

"The course of action adopted by the government was so outrageous that our immediate response was also very firm and it has led to this sequence of events", the leader of Opposition said, reacting to Gandhi's sudden announcement.

Advani said the opposition National Democratic Alliance would oppose the Centre's decision to bring an ordinance for deletion of some posts from the list of offices of profit in the apparent bid to 'protect' Gandhi as there cannot be two standards on the issue, one for Jaya Bachchan and another for the Congress president.

Similarly, there cannot be double standards on the issue, one for Uttar Pradesh and the other for the Centre, he said.

Advani, who was visiting the Sankat Mochan temple, which was attacked on March 7, castigated the Centre for adjourning Parliament sine die on Wednesday in order to bring an ordinance on the issue of delisting some posts from the list of offices of profit.

He said such a move could not have been possible if Parliament would have been in session till May.

Advani alleged that the decision to shorten the length of the Budget session by the government was 'unprecedented and aimed at weakening the Parliamentary and democratic institutions of our country'.

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