New Delhi(WEB TEAM): Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Thursday supported veteran BJP leader LK Advani’s statement in which he said he had not ruled out an Emergency- like situation in the country again.
In an interview to The Indian Express ahead of the 40th anniversary of the Emergency, the veteran leader had said that “forces that can crush democracy” (in the country) were stronger.
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Pointing that there were “not enough safeguards in India in 2015” to prevent an Emergency-like situation, Advani said that he could not assert confidently that an Emergency could not happen again in India.
AAP leader Ashutosh also agreed with the Delhi CM and LK Advani and told DNA, “He (Advani) clearly visualises that the leadership of Modi and the government of BJP are everyday crushing Indian democracy and creating a situation and ambience where emergency is not far.”
Congress, too did not let the opportunity go by and latched on to Advani’s remarks saying. Congress spokesperson Tom Vadakkan was quoted by DNA as saying, “Today the jury is out. Advaniji is vocal. What he had to say, he has said. It is obvious whom he is talking about, whose government is there, who is the Prime Minister. He knows it. But he is a statesman-like leader of the BJP. He did not want to name the Prime Minister. But whoever reads the interview, he/she would understand he is talking about Modi.”
Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar too supported the concern of BJP patriarch L K Advani that Emergency-like situation could emerge again and said thatBihar was “facing it on a daily basis”. “Advani is among the senior-most leaders of BJP and his concerns should be considered seriously. As far as Emergency- like situation is concerned, we are facing it here on a daily basis,” PTI quoted Nitish Kumar as saying.
Advani’s statement that “forces that can crush democracy are stronger” now created a buzz in political circles leading to speculation that it was a barb aimed at Prime Minister Narendra Modi but RSS dismissed it while Congress and other BJP rivals shared his concern. “At the present point of time, the forces that can crush democracy, notwithstanding the constitutional and legal safeguards, are stronger,” Advani said.
Advani also said that he did not see any sign in the polity that assures him any outstanding aspect of leadership with a commitment to democracy and to all other aspects related to democracy is lacking. “Today, I do not say that the political leadership is not mature. I don’t have faith because of its weaknesses. I don’t have the confidence that it (Emergency) cannot happen again.”
Commenting on Advani’s remarks, RSS ideologue M G Vaidya said Advani is a member of the BJP’s Magadarshak Mandal and he did not think he was sending a message to Modi. “I don’t feel anything like that. He (Advani) is quite senior in age and experience. So he can talk to Modi. He is in the ‘Margdarshak Mandal’ of BJP. I don’t think he has an intention of sending a message to Modi through this interview.”
With PTI,ANI and IANS inputs