BJP compares Anna detention to Emergency era

August 16th, 2011 - 3:25 pm ICT by IANS  

Bharatiya Janata Party New Delhi, Aug 16 (IANS) The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) Tuesday blamed the government for creating an “Emergency like situation” by detaining Gandhian activist Anna Hazare.

“The government is creating an Emergency like situation by depriving the opposition of the right to speak in parliament and arresting Hazare and his supporters,” BJP leader Sushma Swaraj said.

“Government ministers indulge in corruption. And when someone raises a voice against corruption, the government crushes them. This government is treading the path of Emergency,” she told reporters.

The reference was to the 1975-77 Emergency imposed on the country when thousands of political activists were jailed and constitutional rights were suspended.

The comments from Sushma Swaraj, who is leader of the opposition in the Lok Sabha, came shortly after Hazare and his key aides were arrested while readying to launch a hunger strike in support of a strong Lokpal Bill.

BJP spokesperson Nirmala Sitharaman spoke on similar lines separately.
“It is now an undeclared kind of Emergency.

“It is the government which has no strategy, no leadership, and a government which does not know how to deal with the opposition, nor with the civil society,” she added.

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