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L K Advani: Present govt worse than emergency

Mumbai, Sep 12 (): Blaming the present government to be worse than emergency period, Bharatiya Janata Party leader LK Advani while extending his support to cartoonist Aseem Trivedi, raised doubt about the political condition of the country in which a cartoonist is put behind bars by declaring his work to be seditious.

To my knowledge said Mr Advani, “I always considered the period between 1975 to 1977 as the worst than anything else in my whole experience. But when I came to know that cartoonist Aseem Trivedi has been arrested, I wondered whether this time is worse than the so called emergency period.”

The Congress government’s merciless approach has been evident many times in the past; this is also one from that, said the BJP leader. While digging at the Congress party, L K Advani said,” Dictators never laugh as they fear people might laugh at them. The Hitler rule was such a rule which lacked good comedy, fine cartoon, a sketch, a satire,” added Advani.

The arrest of a man like Trivedi exposes how arrogant are the people in the ruling government which uses colonial-era sedition laws to pound on rebels, said India Against corruption (IAC) member Arvind Kejriwal.

Kejriwal announced to sit on a dharna outside the prison where the cartoonist has been lodged, if the charges against him are not withdrawn.

However,  after the Bombay High Court granted bail to cartoonist Aseem Trivedi on Tuesday demanding a bond of Rs 5,000,  he expressed his unwillingness to be free till the sedition charge against him is dropped. Later, Trivedi accepted to go free, said sources.

Aseem Trivedi  was taken into custody  on Monday by the Mumbai police in connection with  insulting the national emblem and the constitution while anti- crusader Anna Hazare’s movement in New Delhi last year.

Trivedi had placed a cartoon in the website which includes the national emblems portrayed as ferocious wolves and another exposing the assembly house as a toilet basin.