As Tuesday marked the 44th anniversary of the Emergency, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee took a swipe at Prime Minister Narendra Modi terming the previous tenure of the Modi-led NDA 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.
Earlier in the day, PM Modi and other BJP leaders criticized the 19-month-long period of Emergency in 1975 declared by then Prime Minister Indira Gandhi, terming it as the “darkest chapter” in the history of India.
PM Modi paid tributes to the “greats who fiercely and fearlessly resisted” it.
Modi also posted a 90-second video detailing on the various aspects of Emergency, from newspapers to justice delivery, referring it as a “dark period” that trampled over democracy.
Home Minister Amit recalled the period as “when the democracy was murdered for political interests”.
Defence Minister Rajnath Singh and BJP Working President JP Nadda too slammed the Congress for “murdering democracy”.
The Emergency refers to a 19-month period from 1975 to 1977 when the then Prime Minister Indira Gandhi had declared a state of emergency across the country.
During the period, elections were suspended and civil liberties curbed.
Most of Congress’ political opponents including Morarji Desai and Atal Bihari Vajpayee were imprisoned and the press was censored.