News anchor and anchor-teacher Bronwyn Murphy says Prime Minister-elect Mr Narendra Modi is trying to make sure the Opposition is silent.
The former ABC News commentator says it was a “no brainer” to call on Mr Modi to shut down the Opposition in the wake of his election victory.
“I think there’s been an effort on the part of the Government to shut us down,” Ms Murphy said.
“The Opposition, as far as they’re concerned, is the opposition.
It’s a far-right, populist, racist, sexist, homophobic, xenophobic, misogynistic, Islamophobic, Hindu supremacist, all of these things.”
So it’s very, very difficult for them to speak up.
“Ms Murphy says it is important the Opposition knows they are not alone in their concerns about the future of the nation.”
And I think the Government will want to make it clear to them that they’re not alone.
They have the support of their own party, the Opposition,” she said.
Mr Modi, who is expected to become India’s next Prime Minister, is widely expected to win a landslide victory in the election on April 24.
But Ms Murphy says the Opposition must be willing to back down.”
But, you know, it’s really important that we have people, both in Parliament and in the media, that understand the gravity of what’s happening,” she explained.”
If you have a leader who is in a position to say, ‘Look, this is a problem, this’s what’s going on’, that’s really, really important.
“Because if you don’t know what’s happened, you’re not going to know what to do next.”
Mr Modi will take office on Friday and will be sworn in as the country’s 42nd Prime Minister.
He will become India, the world’s biggest democracy and one of the most powerful democracies in the world.
Topics:government-and-politics,elections,national-security,government-parliament,government,britain,india,pacific,indonesiaFirst posted March 26, 2020 16:13:54Contact Melanie Gower