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PM Modi, Amit Shah salute people who resisted Emergency

PM Modi, Amit Shah salute people who resisted Emergency
Narendra Modi and Amit Shah (File)
NEW DELHI/KOLKATA, JUN 25 (IANS) | Publish Date: 6/25/2019 12:13:23 PM IST

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday paid homage to all “those greats” who resisted the Emergency imposed by the then Prime Minister Indira Gandhi on this day in 1975 and said democracy had prevailed over authoritarianism. 

“India salutes all those greats who fiercely and fearlessly resisted the Emergency. India’s democratic ethos successfully prevailed over an authoritarian mindset,” he tweeted. 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. 

Mamata terms Modi’s 1st tenure ‘Super Emergency’

Marking the 44th anniversary of the Emergency, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Tuesday called the previous tenure of the Narendra Modi government as “Super Emergency”.

“Today is the anniversary of the #Emergency declared in 1975. For the last five years, the country went through a ‘Super Emergency’,” Banerjee tweeted.

The Emergency refers to the period from June 25, 1975 to March 21, 1977, when then Prime Minister Indira Gandhi had declared a state of Emergency, a political environment leading to the suspension of election and curbing civil liberties on the nation.

“We must learn our lessons from history and fight to safeguard the democratic institutions in the country,” Banerjee wrote.

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