Published On : Thu, Jun 18th, 2015

Advani fears return of emergency, says ‘forces that can crush democracy are stronger’

NewDelhi/Nagpur: Even as the Narendra Modi government faces heat from the opposition over Lalit Modi visa controversy involving External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) patron Lal Krishna Advani has said he fears that an emergency like situation could arise again.

Speaking to The Indian Express ahead of the 40th Anniversary of the emergency, the veteran BJP leader said that “forces that can crush democracy” are stronger.

“At the present point of time, the forces that can crush democracy, notwithstanding the constitutional and legal safeguards, are stronger,” said the former deputy prime minister.

Much to the embarrassment of the BJP-led NDA government at the Centre, Advani said that “a commitment to democracy is lacking in the country”.

The BJP veteran said, “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.”

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.

Though he mentioned about some “weaknesses” in the political leadership, he added that he did not mean that it was “not mature”.
“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,” said the leader.