45 years of Emergency: Congress mindset remains same, says Amit Shah | India News


NEW DELHI: Interests of one family being prioritised over party and nation continues even 45-years after the Emergency was imposed , said Union home minister Amit Shah on Thursday slamming Congress party for the Emergency imposed by former Prime Minister Indira Gandhi on June 25, 1975.
Shah said that one family’s greed for power led to the imposition of the Emergency and “overnight the nation was turned into a prison”.

The home minister said that the Emergency was lifted after the efforts of lakhs of people. “Democracy was restored in India but it remained absent in the Congress….This sorry state of affairs thrives in today’s Congress too!”

Shah said that during the Congress Working Committee (CWC) meeting held earlier this week, some members, young and senior, had raised some issues but they were not heard and a spokesperson was “unceremoniously sacked”.

“The sad truth is- leaders are feeling suffocated in Congress,” said Shah.
Calling Congress to ponder on its role as an opposition party, Shah said that the party should ask itself why does it still have an “Emergency mindset” and ” why does their disconnect with people will keep widening.”

The Emergency refers to a 21-month period from 1975 to 1977 when former PM Indira Gandhi had a state of emergency declared across India under Article 352 of the Constitution because of the prevailing “internal disturbance”. The Emergency was withdrawn on March 21 1977.





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