Govt stifling Opposition, says Joshi

BJP leader Murli Manohar Joshi accused UPA of crushing voices of dissent and claimed that the present situation in the country was akin to 1975 when Emergency was imposed.

Last Updated: Jun 26, 2011, 20:09 PM IST

Bangalore: BJP leader Murli Manohar Joshi on Sunday accused UPA of crushing voices of dissent and claimed
that the present situation in the country was akin to 1975
when Emergency was imposed.

Recalling the Emergency, Joshi, also chairman of Public
Accounts Committee, said a similar situation has emerged now.
"Any voice of dissent is being crushed, brutally, ruthlessly
by the central government."
Alleging that ministers "have become arrogant", he said
the lathicharge on peaceful protesters at Ram Leela maidan
showed the government has "scant respect for democratic values
and can go to any extent in crushing any criticism, howsoever
democratic, and peaceful against it."

He claimed as PAC chairman he had the unprecedented
experience of Congress suppressing and trying to scuttle the
PAC report on the 2G scam. "It is most disgraceful. This has
never happened..the PAC has never functioned under the
dictates of any minister or party," he said.
The PAC, Joshi said, was a highly respected
constitutionally set up body with a mandate to look into any
activities on misappropriation of public funds.

He alleged some Congress ministers had tried to influence
members in the panel to oppose the 2G report.

Not accepting the report as it was against the government
and a minister`s comment that it should be thrown in the
dustbin was "shocking". It is an "ominous situation."

"Today it is the PAC report that is being spoken of being
throw into the dustbin... tomorrow it would be the laws or the
judgement of Supreme Court and even the Constitution itself,
he said.

PTI