New Delhi: The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) on Sunday launched a scathing attack on the Modi government and called it the biggest threat to democracy and federal structure of India’s Constitution. The party released a statement in which it accused the BJP of “stifling and paralysing elected governments in the country”. Also Read - Kejriwal to Discuss COVID-19 Pandemic With 35 World's City Leaders at Global C40 Meet
“The AAP is of the firm view that the Modi government is the biggest threat to democracy and federal structure of India’s Constitution and its falsehoods can no longer fool the people of this country,” the party said in a statement. Also Read - Arvind Kejriwal Assures CMs Over Migrants, Says 'Will do Everything Possible to Help Them'
The AAP was reacting to Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley’s comments that nothing should be done to erode the authority of elected governments. Also Read - Factories, Shops of Essential Items Can Run 24X7 in Delhi, Says Arvind Kejriwal
Jaitley, while delivering the first Atal Bihari Vajpayee Memorial Lecture at the India Ideas Conclave here, had said the country was higher than any institution or government.
“The nation that is India, is higher than any institution or government Can non-accountability be a mask for corruption? Can it be a ground for investigative adventurism, or can it, as in case of other non-accountable institution, be a ground for inaction? What does the nation do? It is a major challenge,” Jaitley had said.
“The BJP and its ministers have no right to give sermons about the supremacy of elected governments, given their dismal and shameful track record during their almost five-year tenure now on how they have treated elected governments and made a mockery of Constitutional norms,” the party said.
It said that it was ironical that Jaitley was delivering a lecture in memory of former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee and “advocated all that late Vajpayee was opposed to all through his life”.
The party also said the Modi government unsuccessfully tried to dismiss two state governments and “there is not a single non-BJP government in this country which the Modi government has not tried to throttle through most brutal means till now.
“The biggest example of how the Modi regime has tried to stifle and paralyse elected governments in the country is the elected Delhi government.”
(With agency inputs)