In what can be seen as a rare admission by a Congress leader, party’s chief whip in Lok Sabha Jyotiraditya Scindia on Friday made a candid statement: “what happened during Emergency was wrong.”
The emergency, between 1975 to 1977, has remained a key political tool of Congress’ political rivals to attack the party over excesses committed during various clampdowns.
Participating in the Hindustan Times Leadership Summit, Scindia said, Emergency was wrong. 1984 anti-Sikh riots were wrong. I certainly think that at the end of the day, you got to stand up to democratic values. Emergency was a mistake.”
Scindia also defended the rights of politicians’ children taking up the family occupation.
Scindia pointed out the party has a robust democratic process in its organisation where the top leader is elected through elections.
“What’s wrong if someone has his heart in the right place and wants to serve his people? I am not saying talking about developing the country. That may sound very ambitious but one can always aspire to work for his area and the local people,” the Congress leader added.