India will not forget sacrifices made to preserve democracy during Emergency days, says PM Modi
On the 45th year of the imposition of Emergency in India by the erstwhile Indira Gandhi government, BJP leaders have launched an attack on Congress. On Thursday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said, India remembers those who made extreme sacrifices for the sake of India’s democracy.
In a tweet in Hindi, PM Modi said, “45 years ago on this day, India was put under Emergency rule. Those who fought and struggled for the democracy in India faced torture, I pay my deepest respects to them. India will never forget their sacrifices.”
Former prime minister Indira Gandhi had imposed Emergency on June 25, 1975 and it continued till March 21, 1977.
BJP leaders, including Home Minister Amit Shah, Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad, Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman, and many others have slammed Congress over the Emergency rule in 1975.
Amit Shah came down heavily on the Congress and said the interests of one family prevailed over the party and national interests and questioned why the 'Emergency mindset' still remained in the opposition party.
"On this day, 45 years ago one family's greed for power led to the imposition of the Emergency. Overnight the nation was turned into a prison. The press, courts, free speech...all were trampled over. Atrocities were committed on the poor and downtrodden," Amit Shah said in a series of tweets.
Nirmala Sitharaman said the "power-hungry" Congress government took away the rights of the people by clamping emergency this day 45 years ago and when the very same party spoke on democracy it was anguishing.
Recalling that the emergency came into effect in India on June 25, 1975, Sitharaman said, it was promulgated by the "power-hungry Congress party and they created a huge challenge for democracy by coming up with the emergency."