NEW DELHI: Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) veteran LK Advani has expressed that he is yet not confident that ‘Emergency’ cannot happen again.
“I do not say that the political leadership is not mature. But I don’t have the confidence that it (Emergency) cannot happen again,” Advani was quoted as saying in an interview with a leading daily.
In what could come as a serious embarrassment for the Modi government, senior BJP leader has further stated that there are no such signs in the Indian polity that could actually ensure that the Emergency could not be imposed in the country for another time.
“I do not see any sign in our polity that assures me, any outstanding aspect of leadership. A commitment to democracy and to all other aspects related to democracy is lacking,” Advani said.
Emphasizing on the fact that the 1975 Emergency happened in spite of the constitutional safeguards that were in place at that time, he added, “There aren’t enough safeguards in India in 2015.”
Following the comments from the BJP’s senior member that are also seen as a dig at Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his governance, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal shared his reaction on micro-blogging site Twitter.
Advani ji is correct in saying that emergency can't be ruled out. Is Delhi their first experiment?
— Arvind Kejriwal (@ArvindKejriwal) June 18, 2015
The Modi government is currently under fire as it is facing the demands of the resignation from External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj for helping former IPL Commissioner Lalit Modi.
The controversy has further escalated after Rajasthan Chief Minister Vasundhra Raje’s name erupted in it over allegations that she testified in favour of the former IPL chief’s British immigration application in 2011.