At Present Scenario, Emergency Can Happen Again: Advani


New Delhi: Pointing out that the Indian political system is yet to come to terms with the Emergency, veteran Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader LK Advani has said that he fears similar situation could rise again.

In an interview with an English Daily, ahead of the 40th anniversary of Emergency on June 25, Advani, who is now a member BJP’s Margdarshak Mandal, said 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,” Advani said.

Advani, who was one of founding leaders of the BJP, said that though the political leadership is mature, weaknesses continue to bother him. Advani, in the interview, described Emergency as a crime perpetrated by the then Prime Minister Indira Gandhi’s government that is still to be fully acknowledged by the Congress. “There aren’t enough safeguards in India in 2015,” he said.

Advani’s remarks are certain to cause some embarrassment to the Narendra Modi led government, which is already facing intense fire from the Opposition-led by Congress over the controversy surrounding External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj.