Union minister Prakash Javadekar has reportedly said that the situation in West Bengal is akin to a “state of emergency” under Mamata Banerjee’s rule, asserting that the BJP believes in democracy and is committed to protecting it.
Earlier in the day, the West Bengal chief minister hit out at the saffron party, saying while Tuesday was the anniversary of the Emergency imposed in 1975, the country has been going through a “super emergency” for the past five years.
The emergency was imposed by the then prime minister Indira Gandhi on this day in 1975 and it was in effect till March 21, 1977.
Speaking to reporters outside Parliament, Javadekar said, “The way Mamata is conducting things in West Bengal, is no less than the state of Emergency. She is doing a very bad job at running the state.”
The Union minister of environment and information and broadcasting said his party and the government are committed to safeguarding democracy and will fight for West Bengal, the way his party
workers did in 1975.
“The way violence is being promoted is against democracy. The BJP and this government are committed to safeguarding democracy and believes in ‘Sabka Saath Sabka Vikaas’. We saved the country from
Emergency in 1975 and now, we will fight in West Bengal too,” he said.
The BJP won 18 of the 42 Lok Sabha seats in Bengal in the recently-concluded parliamentary polls, only four less than the Mamata Banerjee-led Trinamool Congress’s 22. Election to the 294-member state assembly is scheduled to be held in 2021.