• search
For Quick Alerts
ALLOW NOTIFICATIONS  
For Daily Alerts

National Emergency: Nirmala Sitharaman reminds people of atrocities made by Congress in 1975

|

Chennai, June 25: BJP leader and Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman said on Thursday said that the "power hungry" Congress government took away the rights of the people by clamping emergency this day 45 years ago and when the very same party spoke on democracy it was anguishing.

Nirmala Sitharaman

Recalling that the emergency came into effect in India on June 25, 1975, she said, it was promulgated by the "power hungry Congress party and they created a huge challenge for democracy by coming up with emergency." The emergency continued till March 21, 1977.

    IIT Bombay moves its classes online for the rest of 2020 amid Covid-19 outbreak | Oneindia News

    Explained: Why was 'Emergency' imposed in June 1975? Was Indira Gandhi trying to cover her mistakes?

    Addressing BJP Tamil Nadu unit party workers via a virtual rally, she said, "People's rights were completely rejected. Why did the Congress party do it? It was hankering for power, it was for the sake of office. The law was broken and an emergency was declared."

    The emergency era witnessed several atrocities, she alleged and said several leaders from the ranks of opposition were jailed and the DMK government led by late Chief Minister M Karunanidhi was dismissed. A DMK leader, Mayor Chittibabu died unable to bear the torture in prison, she alleged.

    India-China standoff: Chidambaram takes a jibe at Centre over two countries' border row

    "That the Congress today has the guts to talk of democracy is anguishing," she said adding the DMK, however, joined hands with the Congress subsequently.

    She wondered what yardstick of democracy prompted the DMK to join hands with the Congress party. Also, she asked, "What right does the DMK have to raise questions on freedom of speech and democracy?"

    For Daily Alerts
    Get Instant News Updates
    Enable
    x
    Notification Settings X
    Time Settings
    Done
    Clear Notification X
    Do you want to clear all the notifications from your inbox?
    Settings X
    X
    We use cookies to ensure that we give you the best experience on our website. This includes cookies from third party social media websites and ad networks. Such third party cookies may track your use on Oneindia sites for better rendering. Our partners use cookies to ensure we show you advertising that is relevant to you. If you continue without changing your settings, we'll assume that you are happy to receive all cookies on Oneindia website. However, you can change your cookie settings at any time. Learn more