NEW DELHI: BJP marked the 45th anniversary of the Emergency imposed by the Indira Gandhi government by attacking Congress, with home minister Amit Shah attributing the suspension of democracy in 1975 to “one family’s greed for power”.
In a series of aggressive tweets, Shah also focused on the churn in Congress over the reported unhappiness of the Gandhi siblings, Rahul and Priyanka, with party veterans for the latter’s reluctance to attack PM Narendra Modi.
“On this day 45 years ago, one family’s greed for power led to the imposition of Emergency. Overnight, the nation was turned into a prison. The press, courts, free speech… all were trampled over. Atrocities were committed on the poor and downtrodden. Due to the efforts of lakhs of people, the Emergency was lifted and democracy was restored in India but it remained absent in the Congress,” Shah said.

“The interests of one family prevailed over party interests and national interests. This sorry state of affairs thrives in today’s Congress too,” he added.
BJP chief J P Nadda recalled the atrocities committed on those who had resisted the Emergency. “I salute all those who fought against the Emergency and refused to toe the line despite atrocities being inflicted on them,” he said.
In his tweets, Shah referred to reports about Rahul frowning upon party leaders for fighting shy of attacking the PM. “During the recent CWC meet, senior members and younger members raised a few issue but they were shouted down. A party spokesperson was unceremoniously sacked. The sad truth is, leaders are feeling suffocated in Congress,” he added.


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