New Delhi, June 26: PM Narendra Modi on Tuesday called Emergency as a blot in the Indian constitution. Addressing BJP party workers in Mumbai, PM Modi said India will always remember Emergency as a dark period. He slammed the grand old party for misusing the power for selfish gains. “The country never thought that just for lust for power and servility to one family, India would be made into one big jail. Every person lived in fear. Constitution was misused,” he said. Also Read - Dilli Chalo March: Farmers Allowed Entry Into Delhi, Claim Punjab Farm Bodies
He further said that Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) isn’t observing “Black Day” just to criticise the Congress but to make people aware of what had happened. Launching a scathing attack on the Congress, he said that the party which has no internal democracy cannot be expected to follow the ideals of a democracy. Also Read - Dating in 2020: A 5-Point Guide by Relationship Expert, Shahzeen Shivdasani
Earlier in the day, PM Modi had tweeted, “Let us always work to make our democratic ethos stronger. Writing, debating, deliberating, questioning are vital aspects of our democracy which we are proud of. No force can ever trample the basic tenets of our Constitution.” Also Read - First in India! Road From Plastic Waste To Soon Come up in Noida, Construction Kicks Off | See Pics
On Monday, he had shared Union Minister Arun Jaitley’s blog on his Twitter handle and said, “Shri Arun Jaitley writes about the dark days of the Emergency, the trampling of personal liberties, excesses committed and how the Emergency was a direct attack on our Constitutional ideals.” Modi was referring to Jaitley’s Facebook post on Emergency.”
Meanwhile, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) will observe ‘black day’ across the country today to mark the 43rd anniversary of Emergency. Senior party leaders will be holding press conferences at about 22 places.
The Emergency was imposed by then Prime Minister Indira Gandhi on June 25, 1975, and citizens’ fundamental rights were suspended. It was lifted with the 1977 general election. The Emergency was officially issued by then President Fakhruddin Ali Ahmed under Article 352 of the Constitution.
Several citizens, journalists and politicians including Opposition leaders like Vijayaraje Scindia, Jaiprakash Narayan, Morarji Desai, Chaudhary Charan Singh, Atal Bihari Vajpayee and Lal Krishna Advani were arrested without any trial.
Fresh elections were called after the Emergency ended. Congress lost by a large margin, resulting in the Janata Party’s Morarji Desai becoming the first non-Congress Prime Minister of India.