Says the Congress is so obsessed with the Nazis and their ideology that they are now resorting to fascist ideas such as banning the media, press and opinion polls
NEW DELHI : The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Saturday blasted the Congress for telling the Election Commission to ban the opinion polls as unconstitutional, saying “the Congress can seek a ban on opinion polls, not on the Modi wave.”
“The Congress is so obsessed with the Nazis and their ideology that they are now resorting to fascist ideas, such as banning the media, press and opinion polls,” its spokesperson Meenakshi Lekhi said, asserting that “the entire episode is taking us down the 1975 road when dictatorship was imposed on the citizens of the country in name of emergency.”
In a statement issued from Jalandhar, she said: “The barbaric mindset may compel them to suppress everything that is not in their favour, but changing the voice of the citizens and banning the ‘Modi wave’ would be a difficult task to achieve.”
She said, the validity of an opinion poll may or may not be reliable in a country as diverse as India, but banning the entire process shows the Congress attempt to muffle the voice of the country where the anti-Congress wave is apparent instead of focusing on policies and issues. Pointing out that the Congress has in the past supported the opinion polls in the 2004 and 2009 Lok Sabha elections as also in the Karnataka Assembly elections last year, Lekhi said the Congress has turned against the opinion polls fearing that they would drive the undecided voters to vote in favour of the BJP from the way they project BJP prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi to be ahead of Congress vice-president.
The BJP spokesman said this was not for the first time that the Congress is trying to curtail the freedom of expression. During the various agitations in the recent past like the Ramdev agitation and the youth agitation on the gang-rape and murder of Nirbhaya, the Congress was at the receiving end of criticism through Social Media, but instead of showing any concern it blocked people from the social media platform.
Lekhi also referred to a recent Information and Broadcasting Ministry’s advisory to the electronic media not to compare the projected Prime Ministerial candidate and the sitting Prime Minister’s speeches and said it was another attempt on the same road to muzzle the voices of the citizens.