Guwahati, Feb 10: Former union minister Yashwant Sinha today claimed that there is a state of 'undeclared emergency' in the country, under the current political regime in New Delhi.
"There is an undeclared emergency in the country today and an overwhelming atmosphere of fear among all sections of society. Therefore, it is very important to stand up and save democracy," Sinha said, adding, "If the present PM were to come back, then whatever little democracy we are seeing in this country will also vanish."
The former BJP leader, who held Finance and External Affairs ministry in Atal Bihari Vajpayee's government and had quit the party last year, made the remarks while delivering a speech on 'State of the Nation and the way forward' at a programme organised by Asam Nagarik Samaj here.
He further said, "I can tell you with confidence that this government is not coming to power for a second time. So there is nothing to worry. In case you are still worried, just wait for another two days with patience," he said, referring to the tension prevailing in Assam and North East over the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2019.
Pointing that the people of NE are facing an existential question due to the Bill, Sinha said the people of rest of the country are with the people of the region.
Sinha further maintained that the Bill is against the ethos of the country and incorrect from all aspects, be it the legal or constitutional aspect or how it undermines the Assam Accord.
"The Citizenship (Amendment) Bill violates the Assam Accord and is against the ethos of the country. An Accord that was solidly arrived at by a previous government cannot be changed by another government. Therefore, this Bill has nothing that makes it eligible to be become a law. I assure you that the rest of India is with the Northeast and its movement against CAB,” Sinha added.
The former minister took a dig at the central government and its economic policies, especially the demonetisation, alleging that the step led to largescale unemployment and adversely hit the small and medium enterprises.
He further alleged that the incumbent government has had an influence on institutions such as the Reserve Bank of India, Central Bureau of Investigation and even the Election Commission of India. (UNI)