A day after the Supreme Court-observed floor test saw the Congress government in Uttarakhand retaining its majority and embarrassing the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), ally Shiv Sena was quick to rub it in, slamming its saffron partner for its role in destabilising the Harish Rawat government.
Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray spelt out his views on the issue in an editorial on Thursday in the party’s mouthpiece Saamna. The paper’s editorial is known to spell out Thackeray’s opinion, who is also the editor of the paper, and the party’s stands on various issues.
The Sena is the only ally to have come ahead and spoken out against the BJP’s role in the crisis, after the BJP-led NDA government recommended the imposition of President’s rule in the state. Hitting out at the BJP, the Sena warned that if it continued its ways, the country would move towards another Emergency-like situation.
“Political instability and horse-trading are ills that plague our political system, especially in smaller states. But, when the very people who are supposed to cure our system try and spread the illness more, it becomes a major cause of worry. One starts wondering if anarchy and an Emergency-like situation will arise,” said Thackeray.
Slamming the BJP government for recommending the President’s rule in the state, Thackeray said, “Had there been a floor test as soon as the nine Congress MLAs walked out of the party, the Congress would have surely lost. But there was dilly-dallying and the power was misused to impose the President’s rule. Through that one decision, democracy was shackled and it was left for the judiciary, then, to free democracy from those shackles,” he said.
Thackeray, in the editorial, also said the tables have turned.
“People, who came to power after crying hoarse about the Congress murdering democracy, have now come to power and is doing exactly the same,” he said.
Thackeray’s editorial also warned the BJP against employing power to destabilise the Opposition-ruled governments in various states.
“This is the not the way to make India Congress-mukt (free of Congress rule). If things continue this way then there will be dictatorship in the country and democratically elected governments will be thrown out by force. This is a terrible scenario for the future.”
Last year, BJP patriarch LK Advani, a member of party’s Margdarshak Mandal, minced no words and expressed similar views on Emergency. “At the present point of time, the forces that can crush democracy … are stronger,” he had said, adding that he did not have any confidence why civil liberties can’t be suspended again.