On Wednesday, Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot giving an awareness to the allies of the BJP claimed that they were unwittingly helping the ruling the party lead the country away from democracy.
He was quoted by the news agency at a press conference in Jaipur, “Any party in alliance with the BJP must realize that the people whose lap you are sitting on don’t believe in democracy. They are running the country like never before. Like China, the country is fast moving towards one-party rule.”
Mr. Gehlot, the Chief Minister of one of the four states in the country ruled by Congress either on its own strength or in alliance with like-minded parties. On the other side, the BJP holds a position of power in over 10 states.
In the recent assembly elections, the BJP-Shiv Sena alliance gained the power in Haryana by allying with Dushyant Chautala’s Jannayak Janata Party and independents MLAs. It defeated the Congress’ coalition with Sharad Pawar’s NCP by a margin of over 55 seats.
Several politicians from the Congress and other opposition parties defeated to the BJP ahead of the polls. In Karnataka, the rebel MLAs helped the BJP bringing down the Congress-Janata Dal Secular coalition in Karnataka.
However, Mr. Gehlot is not the first opposition leader who has accused the BJP of trying to establish complete control over the country at a time when the party is expanding its presence across its expanse.
West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, one of the main rivals of the BJP, predicted to this effect in the months following the Trinamool Congress’ sub-par performance in the Lok Sabha elections.
She was asked at a rally held by her party’s student wing, “Where are we heading? I think we are heading towards a presidential form of government. I am making this prediction today: one election, one leader, one political party, one emergency. Did our freedom fighters fight for this?”
Congress veteran Adhir Chowdhury said, “For the last 70 years, the people of this country have upheld the idea of unity in diversity. The BJP wants to change the very characteristic of country laid down by the constitution. They want to impose their ideology on others.”
Sujan Chakraborty, the Communist Party of India (Marxist) leader has also repeated his sentiment claiming that the BJP was bent on sacrificing on the altar of uniformity. The BJP was accused by them of “subverting” the country’s constitutional bodies to target its political opponents.