Modi flays Congress Gandhis for sin of Emergency

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first_img Prime Minister Narendra Modi today targeted the Congress and the Gandhi family over imposition of the Emergency 43 years ago, saying the “draconian measure” was a “sin” of that party and the Constitution was misused for one family.Speaking at an event organised by the BJP here on the 43rd anniversary of Emergency, a combative Modi launched a no-holds-barred attack on the Congress and the Gandhi family, though he refrained from naming either Sonia or Rahul Gandhi.Seeking to deflate the Opposition’s charge that his government was imposing an “undeclared Emergency” in the country, Modi said the “psyche” of Congress remains as it was during the Emergency.“Isn’t their (Congress) approach towards institutions a reflection of the psyche of Emergency? Can the country’s democracy and Constitution remain safe under their watch,” he said.“When a notice was served to the ‘family’, such was the arrogance, such was the ego, that even the Chief Justice of India was not spared. There was an impeachment motion against him in Parliament,” Modi said, referring to Congress’ effort to bring an impeachment motion against CJI Dipak Misra.The Constitution was misused “for one family” while imposing the Emergency, Modi said. The entire country was turned into a jail for selfish personal interest of that family,” he added.“When (iconic Bollywood singer) Kishore Kumar ji refused to sing for them (Congress) during Emergency, his songs were not allowed to be played on the radio,” he said.“Eternal vigilance is the price of liberty,” Modi said, adding his government was committed to safeguarding the Constitution and protecting democracy.Emergency was a black spot on democracy, he said.Modi lashed out at the Congress for “spreading canards” about fear and intolerance in the country.“When we used to work during Jan Sangh’s time, these people (Congress) would be busy spreading fear among Muslims, saying people of the RSS and the Jan Sangh will kill Muslims. Now they are saying Dalits are in danger,” he said.“We are a big nation with a large population, and such fear psychosis does have an impact on people,” he said.People would never have imagined that “in the lust for power and the mad devotion to a family”, those who talk big things about democracy and Constitution had turned the country into a jail, Modi said.“An atmosphere of fear prevailed then. We will rarely find another example of how the Constitution was misused as a tool for a family,” he said. SHARE COMMENTS UP govt hikes monthly pension of political prisoners during Emergency PM harps on ‘misuse’ of Constitution in 1975 to serve the interests of ‘one family’ RELATED Prime Minister Narendra Modi addressing BJP supporters on the occasion of 43rd anniversary of the imposition of Emergency and to express gratitude to the people stood against the emergency in 1975.   –  THE HINDUcenter_img Published on June 26, 2018 national politics COMMENT SHARE SHARE EMAILlast_img

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