Emphasising the need for tolerance, consensus-building and cooperation, veteran BJP leader LK Advani on Sunday said there is a need to promote these values cutting across “political, ideological and social differences, in all walks of life, including in politics and governance”.
“We also need eternal vigilance against any attempt by anybody to assault these values,” Advani said at a function to commemorate socialist leader Jayaprakash Narayan’s 113th birth anniversary.
Referring to President Pranab Mukherjee’s message last week on preserving the core civilisational values of diversity, tolerance and plurality following the violent incident in UP’s Bisada district, Advani said, “These values must be safeguarded.”
In the context of the 1975 Emergency, the BJP veteran said that it is our collective duty to ensure that “democracy and fundamental freedoms of citizens in India will never again be infringed”.
Advani’s comment comes days after PM Narendra Modi called for religious harmony. The PM spoke after being criticised by political rivals for remaining silent on the incident.