New Delhi: “Why does the emergency mindest remain,” asked Union Home Minister Amit Shah on Thursday launching a scathing attack on Congress, on the 45th anniversary of the Indira Gandhi government-declared Emergency of 1975. Shah’s remarks referred to the sudden removal of Congress spokesperson Sanjay Jha after he wrote a critical opinion piece in a leading newspaper. Also Read - Congress MP Rajeev Satav Dies of COVID-Related Complications; Tributes Pour in
In a series of tweets, the Home Minister raised questions at the Congress party that announced extreme measures restricting freedom on June 25, 1975. Alluding to the family tree, Shah blamed the Gandhi family for turning the entire nation into a “prison” overnight, in a curfew that lasted almost two years till March 1977. Also Read - Amit Shah Missing or MIA? NSUI Files Complaint, Twitter Trends With Memes
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“Due to efforts of lakhs of people, the Emergency was lifted. Democracy was restored in India but it remained absent in the Congress. The interests of one family prevailed over party interests and national interests. This sorry state of affairs thrives in today’s Congress too,” he said.
Notably, the Emergency was announced at midnight on June 25, 1975, just a few days after the Allahabad High Court found then Prime Minister Indira Gandhi guilty of electoral malpractices. She was disbarred as a member of the Parliament for six years. Throughout this period, Gandhi’s political opponents were jailed, many secretively, and the press was censored for over two years.
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Earlier this month, Sanjay Jha was replaced as Congress’ spokesperson after he raised questions regarding Congress’ internal mechanism and alleged that the party had demonstrated “extraordinary lassitude” amid COVID-19 times, and said that its “lackadaisical attitude towards its own political obsolescence is baffling”.
The All India Congress Committee (AICC) had issued a press statement regarding his removal but did not mention any specific reason for the same.