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Democracy prevailed over authoritative mindset: PM Modi on emergency

THE ASIAN AGE.
Published : Jun 25, 2019, 3:03 pm IST
Updated : Jun 25, 2019, 3:06 pm IST

Senior leaders, ministers recall their struggle to restore democracy; Mamata calls BJP's rule 'super emergency'.

Emergency was aimed to control “internal disturbance”, for which the constitutional rights were suspended and freedom of speech and the press withdrawn. (Photo: Sondeep Shankar)
 Emergency was aimed to control “internal disturbance”, for which the constitutional rights were suspended and freedom of speech and the press withdrawn. (Photo: Sondeep Shankar)

New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi, on Tuesday, paid homage to the revolutionaries and leaders who fought and resisted emergency imposed in 1975 by the then Prime Minister Indira Gandhi. This year marks the 44th anniversary of the emergency.

Prime Minister took to twiiter to share his thoughts:

BJP’s working president J P Nadda called the emergency period a “black blot” on democratic credentials of the nation.

While Defence Minister Rajnath Singh recalled the period as “darkest chapters in the history of the country”.  He also urged the people to understand the importance of upholdoing the integrity of our institution.

Home Minister Amit Shah also took to Twitter to share his thoughts and talked about the deprivation of fundamental rights during emergency.

West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banjerjee, however, hit out at the Bharatiya Janata Party by calling the rule of the present government as “super emergency”.

Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal tweeted his thoughts on emergency stating that the nation should resolve to never repeat emergency-like situation. He, however, erred in calculating the number of years.

India was under Emergency between June 25, 1975 and March 21, 1977. Emergency was aimed to control “internal disturbance”, for which the constitutional rights were suspended and freedom of speech and the press withdrawn.                                                                                                                                   

Tags: 1975 emergency, congress, bjp, indira gandhi
Location: India, Delhi, New Delhi