MUMBAI: The recent controversial ‘emergency’ remark from the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) veteran LK Advani has raised many questions and has definitely put its party into major embarrassment.
Advani in an interview with a daily recently expressed that the emergency-like situation could not be ruled out again. The comments from the party senior do not appear to have gone too well with its alliance party in Maharashtra, Shiv Sena who has now raised questions over it. (Also Read: Arvind Kejriwal reacts to LK Advani’s ‘Emergency’ remark)
Shiv Sena in its editorial mouthpiece ‘Saamana’ said that the latest remark of Advani cannot be ignored and it needs to be identified who these observations are meant for.
“L K Advani is the biggest leader of the country who has seen all seasons and has gone through all ups and downs. Today even if he is not in mainstream politics, BJP leaders and media knows he cannot be ignored. Thus, when he said that an emergency-like situation cannot be ruled out again, discussions have once again focused on him,” Saamana said in its latest edition. (Also Read: BJP celebrates ‘Foundation Day’; key founding member LK Advani not invited officially)
Further questioning the attack Advani raised, the editorial asked, “When Advani laid down his fear of an emergency again, he is definitely pointing at somebody. Now the question is who is this person that Advani is hinting at? How can his fears be mitigated?”
Adding that the former Deputy Prime Minister has been a witness to the 1975 Emergency where political leaders were in jail without adequate reasons, and that there was absolutely chaos in Indian then, Sena said, “Suddenly after 40 years, what made Advani think that emergency can recur and democracy will be crushed?”
At the same time, one cannot ignore the comment of a senior leader like Advani. If he (Advani) wants to hint at the internal affairs of the BJP, he should clearly speak out. Because in the past, leaders like Murli Manohar Joshi and Kirti Azad too have spoken.”
The party expert in the interview had claimed, “At the present point of time, the forces that can crush democracy notwithstanding the constitutional and legal safeguards are stronger.”
“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,” he added.