BJP skips PM lunch to protest CBI summons to Amit Shah

Last Updated: Fri, Jul 23, 2010 09:35 hrs

New Delhi: BJP on Friday said its top leaders decided against attending the lunch hosted by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to protest against "misuse" of CBI by summoning Gujarat Minister Amit Shah in connection with the Sohrabuddin Sheikh encounter case.

Addressing a press conference, senior BJP leaders Sushma Swaraj and Arun Jaitley said they along with L K Advani and BJP chief Nitin Gadkari had received the invitation for the lunch which they had accepted.

"We met yesterday and decided not to go for the lunch which was conveyed this morning. This is to protest against the misuse of CBI in Gujarat," Swaraj told reporters after a meeting of the top leaders here.

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She said Advani had raised the issue of "misuse" of CBI with Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee but government did not pay heed.

Jaitley termed the summoning of Shah as "political vendetta" and alleged that CBI has become the "extended arm" of the ruling party. "The timing of this is chosen for the political convenience of the Congress party," he added. 

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