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PM, Jaitley slam Congress on Emergency, party hits back

india Updated: Jun 27, 2016 01:02 IST
Narendra Modi

Finance minister Arun Jaitley speaks during an interview in Beijing, Friday, June 24, 2016. (AP)

Prime minister Narendra Modi and finance minister Arun Jaitley criticised Congress on Sunday — the anniversary of the proclamation of Emergency in 1975. Modi in his radio programme ‘Mann ki Baat’ described June 25, 1975 as a black night.

Jaitley said that Congress was responsible for delaying the economic reforms and wondered if the party will ever have an internal debate on its failures.

“The blots on it are economic reforms being delayed by over two decades, transformation of India into a dynastic democracy, the Emergency in 1975, Operation Blue Star and corruption. I wonder whether the current leadership of the Congress has a view on this subject. Will the Congress have an internal debate on these issues?” Jaitley said in a Facebook post.

Meanwhile, referring to his government’s initiative to conduct a public survey on the performance of the NDA government, Modi said, “Years ago, people’s voice was muzzled on June 26 and now on this day, people can decide if the government is working well or not. This is the power of democracy.”

Both the PM and Jaitley talked about Jai Prakash Narayan and how the leaders were detained and the press pre-censored.

Jaitley said the real reason for Emergency was the legal threat to Indira Gandhi’s prime ministership.

In his article ‘Constitutional dictatorship imposed by Mrs Indira Gandhi forty one years ago’ Jaitley wrote, “The phoney reason she gave was that there was a breakdown of public order in as much as Jai Prakash Narain had asked the police and the army not to follow illegal orders. The actual reason was that her continuation as the PM was threatened since the Allahabad high court had unseated her as the MP for adopting corrupt practices during her election.”

Hitting back at PM, Congress spokesperson Tom Vadakkan said, “This is an undeclared Emergency. I am also reminding you when Advani ji had talked about the proviso of Emergency that exists, he was clearly hinting at the fact that this dispensation is capable of declaring Emergency.”