By Debananda Medak
GUWAHATI: The ruling BJP and the opposition Assam Pradesh Congress Committee (APCC) on Monday fought a war of words on the alleged dreadful conditions of democracy in the country.
Joining the nation-wide protests launched by the All Indian Congress Committee, the APCC too on Monday carried out a demonstration on the theme, ‘save democracy, save constitution’ at TC Point near Guwahati club rotary here.
Leading the protest, APCC president Ripun Bora said that ever since the BJP has come to power, both at the Centre as well as in the state, the saffron has threatened the democratic setup and the sanctity of the constitution. “They (BJP) have also forced the Governors to work against the discretion of the Indian constitution in many states,” Bora said.
Appealing the conscious citizens of the state to come out and protest against the BJP’s alleged misgovernance, Bora also said, “The anti-democratic and anti-constitutional activities of the BJP, horse trading and misusing of the power of the Governor must be stopped by the people of Assam as well as India.”
Alleging that the BJP had attempted to topple the elected state governments of Uttarakhand, Arunachal Pradesh, Goa, Manipur, Karnataka and Madhya Pradesh, the APCC president said, “BJP must abolish the dirty politics to topple the democratically elected Congress-ruled state governments.”
He also blamed the ruling BJP for its attempt to topple the Rajashthan government and demanded to call the assembly session immediately.
However, reminding the APCC of the 21-month long emergency, arbitrarily imposed by the then Congress Prime Minister Indira Gandhi from 1975 to 1977, State BJP spokesperson Hemanta Kalita said, “People of Assam are aware of the historical fact how the Congress-led Centre suppressed the common masses and imprisoned the opposition leaders, journalists and intellects during the emergency period. Hence, Congress has no moral right to blame and allege the BJP of degrading democracy.”
Kalita asserted that when the Congress itself is still a Gandhi family-centric political party, shouting on the streets in the name of democracy and the crisis of the constitution is nothing other than irony. “Where is that democratic value in the Congress party when the Gandhi family still exercises the sole authority in every step” Kalita questioned.