‘Emergency-like’ condition: Sinha

BENGALURU: Former Union Finance Minister Yashwant Sinha on Wednesday alleged “emergency-line” conditions are prevailing in the country under the present regime and the arrest of five activists on suspicion of Maoist links shows that any voice of dissent is not safe.

“What happened yesterday (Tuesday) is the prime example of assault on freedom of speech and freedom of the press,” he told reporters here.

Sinha, who had served as minister in the previous NDA regime but has turned into a bitter critic of the Narendra Modi government, alleged that there was a ‘conspiracy’ to silence criticism and suppress voices of dissent.

He said the arrests showed that people who voice dissent were not safe and there were many ways to suppress dissenting voices.

“The arrest of the five activists clearly shows the emergency like conditions prevailing in India under the present regime at the centre,” he said.

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