New Delhi: After the government turned down their suggestions for convening a special Parliament session and holding an all-party meeting, BJP leaders today claimed they had a satisfactory meeting with President Pranab Mukherjee and he shared their concern on the issue.
BJP Parliamentary Party chief L K Advani led a seven-member delegation which met Mukherjee this evening after Home Minister Sushil Kumar Shinde ruled out the two suggestions given by the principal opposition party.
"We are happy to learn that he (Mukherjee) feels it is an outrage of the whole nation...He said he had a brief talk with the Prime Minister on this issue and will discuss the issue again with him after our meeting," Advani told reporters after the meeting.
Advani described the discussions with Mukherjee as "very satisfactory" and said the President was "all concerned" about the issue.
The BJP leader maintained that there is a feeling among the people "not only about the failure of the government but also of the political class" as their expectations are not being fulfilled.
Leader of Opposition in Lok Sabha, Sushma Swaraj said she had received a call from Shinde just before the delegation met Mukherjee.
"The Home Minister said he does not feel the need for a special session of Parliament or of calling an all-party meeting. I told him if he does not feel the need now then when will the government feel the need. He said things are cooling down now. The government has neither consulted the political class nor agreed to discuss it in Parliament," she said.
BJP president Nitin Gadkari, Leader of Opposition in Rajya Sabha Arun Jaitley, senior party leaders Murli Manohar Joshi, Rajnath Singh and M Venkaiah Naidu were also part of the delegation.