Rejecting PM Modi's criticism that Emergency was imposed due to 'lust of power', party spokesperson Ajay Maken said, "Advaniji had said something on this issue. Perhaps his indication was towards Modiji and the government at the Centre. He said that centralisation of power, one person occupying all powers, is not good. We have seen many examples of it."

Alleging that PM Modi has concentrated all powers with himself, even like appointment of OSDs to his ministerial colleagues, Maken cited, "The Prime Minister wants to be everything---Finance Minister, Minister for External Affairs, Environment Minister" and added keeping the entire administrative machinery under oneself is not good for a country like India.

Advani's statement a few days back that "forces that can crush democracy are stronger" had led to speculation that it was a barb aimed at PM Modi but the BJP veteran himself had rejected such suggestions. The Congress and other BJP rivals were, however, quick to latch on to Advani's remarks and have been targeting PM Modi on the issue.

Referring to BJP leader Yashwant Sinha's statement in Mumbai on Tuesday that the present dispensation has declared those above 75 years of age as 'brain dead', Maken said such  remarks pointed to 'voices of protest from within' due to 'all-round failure' of the government.

In an apparent jibe at PM Modi for neglecting party veterans, Sinha, who was sidelined and denied a party ticket to contest the last Lok Sabha poll, said "All those who are above the age of 75 were declared brain dead on May 26, 2014."

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