Dubbing the arrest of Anna Hazare as a “plan” to impose Emergency in the country, the BJP on Tuesday said it will launch a “peaceful” country-wide agitation from Wednesday to protest UPA’s “dictatorship”.
Demanding immediate release of Mr. Hazare and his associates, BJP president Nitin Gadkari said that party workers with muffled mouths will take out silent marches, hold dharnas and take out torchlight processions to protest the “dictatorship of UPA, to save democracy and to root out corruption from the country”.
Without fixing any timeframe for the agitation, he said it will “continue” and much would depend on the circumstances unfolding.
“Anna Hazare and his associates should be freed immediately and be allowed to carry on with their agitation.
Stopping them from protesting like this is against the traditions in this country.
“By doing away with the traditions of the Congress, Mahatma Gandhi and Jawaharlal Nehru, a plan to impose Emergency in the country is being brought. It is a danger to the democracy,” Mr. Gadkari told a press conference here.
Taking a jibe at the Centre, he said if the government was “so sensitive” to protests, then the Prime Minister should bring out a law by which none should be allowed to speak out against the UPA or the Congress. Hindu