Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar today supported the remarks of senior BJP leader L K Advani that “Emergency-like situation could emerge again’ and said that Bihar 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,” Kumar said.
L K Advani in an interview published in a leading English daily said, “Forces that can crush democracy are stronger…I don’t have the confidence it (Emergency) cannot happen again”.
Nitish said, “Just see what kind of promises were made during the Lok Sabha polls and what has happened to them after they (BJP) came to power. They used to boast that they have completed one year and there have been no scams during the period, but see how many scams have started surfacing now.”
Earlier, Aam Aadmi Party’s chief Arvind Kejriwal tweeted agreeing with the BJP leader but asked this question, ” Advaniji is correct in saying that emergency can’t be ruled out. Is Delhi their first experiment?”
Kejriwal’s colleague Ashutosh said, “What LK Advani ji has said shows that he has no faith in Modi and this Govt. It reminds me of that time he (LK Advani) hinted at dictatorship and Hitler in his blog when Modi ji was being chosen as PM candidate.”
Congress’ Tom Vadakkan too agreed and said that “Advaniji had highlighted these things earlier and said this is one of best event managements the country has seen.”
The criticism has also prompted the BJP to issue a clarification. The party’s spokesperson, MJ Akbar, told a news agency that it was wrong to read too much into Advani’s comments on the threat of emergency.