Emergency’s 40th Anniversary: PM Modi defines it as “India’s darkest period”

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Indira Gandhi, India’s fourth Prime Minister

On the 40th anniversary of the ‘Emergency’, describing the period as one of India’s “darkest period”, Prime Minister Narendra Modi attacked the Congress for trampling over Indian Democracy. Modi said, the nation was bound with chains and turned into a jail 40 years back, due to “lust for power.”

“Nobody can forget June 25-26 in the history of India. 40 years back, the country was bound with chains of Emergency and turned into a jail for the lust for power. Lakhs of patriots nursing the dream of ‘Sampoorna Kranti’ under the leadership of JP were jailed. Newspaper offices were locked and the radio aired only what the government then wanted,” Modi said.

In 1975-1977, India was under a state of Emergency for 21 months. Officially issued by the then President of India, Fakhruddin Ali Ahmed, Emergency was imposed by the then PM Indira Gandhi, from 25 June till March 21.

Hitting back on the PM Modi’s comment on Emergency, Congress party accuses the government of imposing an “undeclared emergency” in the country.

Congress spokesperson Shobha Oza, said, “The suit-boot government working at the Centre has in a way imposed an undeclared emergency in the country. And leaders of the party like Lal Krishna Advani have expressed similar kind of opinion and fear. He does not trust the leadership that an emergency won’t be declared in the country”.

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