Union Home Minister Amit Shah came down heavily on the INC on Thursday, saying 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 the 45th year of the imposition of Emergency in the country, Shah claimed leaders are feeling suffocated in the INC and the party’s disconnect with people keeps widening.
The Emergency that lasted till March 1977 saw civil liberties being restricted and political dissent was suppressed. Alluding to the Gandhis, Shah criticised “one family” for turning the nation into a “prison” overnight.
“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,” Shah tweeted.
“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!” the Home Minister tweeted.
Shah’s tweet comes a day after BJP chief Jagat Prakash Nadda’s blistering attack in the Congress and the Gandhi family for questioning the government’s stand on 15 June face-off between Indian and Chinese troops in Ladakh. He said that “a rejected and ejected dynasty is not equal to the entire Opposition”.
“One ‘royal’ dynasty and their ‘loyal’ courtiers have grand delusions of the Opposition being about one dynasty. A dynast throws tantrums and his courtiers peddle that fake narrative. Latest one relates to the Opposition asking questions to the Government,” Nadda said on Twitter on Wednesday.
He called it the Opposition’s right to ask questions and added healthy deliberations took place at the all-party meeting over the face-off in which 20 Indian soldiers were killed. Nadda added several opposition leaders gave their valuable inputs at the meeting. “They also fully supported the Centre in determining the way ahead. One family was an exception. Any guesses who?” Nadda said in another tweet.
The announcement of the Emergency was made on 25 June, 1975, days after the Allahabad High Court found Indira Gandhi guilty of electoral malpractices and disbarred her as a parliamentarian for six years.
For much of the Emergency, most of Indira Gandhi’s political opponents were jailed and the press was censored. Several other human rights violations were reported. The Emergency remains one of the most controversial periods of independent India’s history.
The war of words has been going on between the BJP and the INC over the June 15 skirmish in the Ladakh region in which 20 Indian soldiers were killed. The INC has targeted Prime Minister Narendra Modi, accusing him of giving away Indian territory to China.
PM Modi had asserted at the all-party meeting that “no one has entered our territory, no one is at present within our territory and no one has occupied our posts”. This was in reference to the situation in the Galwan Valley after Indian Army’s brave action to thwart Chinese attempts to erect a structure on the Indian side of the Line of Actual Control (LAC).