New Delhi: The Congress on Tuesday launched a scathing attack on the central government over the arrest of a girl for raising slogans. Congress spokesman Manish Tewari alleged that there is an undeclared emergency in the country.
Mr Tewari said the incident involving the young girl in Tamil Nadu was the second one after five activists were arrested from all over the country by the Pune Police. He further added, “If this is not undeclared emergency, then how else would you characterise this situation? What happened in Tamil Nadu on the flight from Chennai to Tuticorin was not only an assault on the freedom of speech and expression, not only an assault on our fundamental rights, it was an assault on the Constitution of India, it was an assault on democracy, it was an assault on the Idea of India. It was fascism playing itself out in its fullest glory.”
Drawing a pattern Mr. Tewari said that it started with the “assault” on students of Film Institute in Pune, and incidents like the unfortunate suicide of Rohith Vemula, derecognition of Periyar study circle in IIT-Madras and “vilification campaign” of Jawaharlal Nehru University are examples in this regard.