New Delhi, June 25: It is the 44th anniversary of Emergency, often referred to as the dark period of the Indian democracy. PM Narendra Modi has tweeted referring to this shameful chapter of Indian history.
West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Tuesday attacked Narendra Modi-led government on the 44th anniversary of Emergency, which the late former Prime Minister Indira Gandhi had imposed on the country forty-four years ago.
Both Mamata and PM Modi have been at the loggerheads ever since the schedule of the Lok Sabha election was announced. Late month, she escalated her fight by skipping the oath-taking ceremony of the Prime Minister and his new Council of Ministers.
Today is the anniversary of the Emergency declared in 1975. For the last five years, the country went through a Super Emergency. We must learn our lessons from history and fight to safeguard the democratic institutions in the country, tweeted Mamata.
.On June 15, she also boycotted Niti Ayog meeting. Given the fact that the Niti Ayog has no financial powers and the power to support State Plans, it is fruitless for me to attend the meeting of a body that is bereft of any financial powers, said the TMC Supremo, in a letter addressed to PM Modi.
A few days back, she had also skipped the meeting of presidents of all political parties convened by Modi in New Delhi. Mamata wrote to the Centre saying it should not go about hurriedly on a sensitive and serious subject like One Country, One Election.
BJP's working President JP Nadda said in a tweet that the Emergency period was a "black blot".
"In 1975, on this day, democracy was murdered by the Congress party to remain in power. A grateful nation remembers thousands of unsung heroes from Bharatiya Jan Sangh and RSS, who led the anti-Emergency movement from the front" he tweeted.
Defence Minister Rajnath Singh took to Twitter to highlight how it was one of the darkest chapters in the history of the country.
"The declaration of Emergency on June 25, 1975 and the incidents that followed, mark as one of the darkest chapters in India's history.
"On this day, we the people of India should always remember the importance of upholding the integrity of our institutions and the Constitution," he said.
Union Home Minister Amit Shah recalled how newspapers were shut and citizens of the country were deprived of their fundamental rights.
"Lakhs of patriots suffered to restablish democracy in the country. I salute all those soldiers," he tweeted.
With Agencies, Pic Google