There is an atmosphere of “fear” in India, phones of Opposition leaders are being tapped and they have all been “reduced to terrorists”, Leader of the Opposition Ghulam Nabi Azad said in the Rajya Sabha on Monday.
“You have divided political parties by using ED, Income Tax, NIA. You have gone after people who are aligned with us. Businessman are fearful of speaking to us on the phone because our phones are being tapped and they fear being targeted for having sided with the Opposition. When I was the chief minister of Jammu and Kashmir, we used to do that to terrorists. You have reduced all of us to terrorists, you have made us international terrorists. Fear is not a good thing, especially in a democracy,” said Azad, as he called for “freedom of speech, freedom to socialise, freedom to do business”.
Azad, according to The Indian Express, said the situation in Jammu and Kashmir was at its worst ever, with an increasing number of troopers and civilians being killed in shelling from across the border.
“Are you aware that they do not let the BJP people go to the border areas. They say we have never been killed like this before… you called us nikammi (useless), even said doob maro (drown to death). Even if we accept for a minute that we were weak, are you aware that in 70 years this kind of violence and casualties have never been seen there,” he said.