Congress hits back at PM Modi’s ‘Mann ki Baat’, says there is ‘undeclared emergency’ in country

The Congress party issued a strong rebuttal after PM Narendra Modi reminded the people about the 'horrors' of Emergency imposed by the former Congress government under the leadership of Indira Gandhi in 1975. 

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: June 25, 2017 3:51 pm
emergency, 1975 emergency, PM Modi, Mann ki baat, Congress, BJP The Congress party issued a strong rebuttal after PM Narendra Modi reminded the people about the ‘horrors’ of Emergency imposed by the former Congress government under the leadership of Indira Gandhi in 1975.  (file photo)

The Congress party hit back at Prime Minister Narendra Modi for his remarks on the 1975 Emergency.  Senior Congress leader and national spokesperson,  Tom Vadakkan, citing the recent CBI raids on NDTV owners, said, “Yes, we have not forgotten Emergency, but there is an undeclared emergency in the country. The fact is that there is a muzzling of the media and the raids on media which can only be listed as an undeclared emergency.”

Vadakkan also alleged that the internal and external security of the nation was in a state of jeopardy, which the Prime Minister failed to address.  “The Prime Minister raised various issues in his ‘ Mann Ki Baat‘, but I wish issues of internal security also would have been raised. Internal security in this country is under jeopardy, why? This broad shoulder government said they will put it in order. This is for the first time that internal and outer security are running parallel simply for reason when there is firing and incursion is coming in from Pakistan and terrorist and separatist are actively engaged inside the country,” he said.

On the situation in Kashmir, Vadakkan said that the separatists are growing disdainful, further digressing from the mainstream and opting for terrorism. “The so-called separatists have grown up to be terrorists in the valley. We have a situation where counterfeit currency is being printed and the case of lynching mobs and romeo squads are emerging. What are they?”, Vadakkan was quoted as saying.

Addressing the nation through his monthly radio broadcast  ‘Man ki Baat’ on Sunday, PM Modi reminded the people about the ‘horrors’ of Emergency imposed by the former Congress government under the leadership of Indira Gandhi in 1975.

“The Emergency will be remembered for the way in which people of India came together and safeguarded democratic values. Democracy is not only a system, but also our ethos as-‘Eternal vigilance is the life of liberty’. We need to remember the things which harm democracy and move forward in a positive direction,” PM Modi said.

He further remarked, “Those who love democracy can never forget the dark night of June 25, 1975, when the entire nation turned into a prison, all voices of dissent were muzzled, where senior leaders like Jayaprakash Narayan were imprisoned. Not even the judiciary was spared from the shadow of authoritarianism.”

The Prime Minister also asked the students of journalism and political activists to remind themselves of the ‘dark phase’. “Newspapers were rendered ineffective, students of journalism and political activities must continuously remind themselves of this dark phase. They must work towards creating awareness about democracy. Atal Bihari Vajpayee was also imprisoned during this period. When he completed one year in prison, he wrote a poem describing his feelings,” he said.

 

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    Rahul
    Jun 26, 2017 at 5:47 am
    It is worst than Emergency and e vil forces harming the whole country.
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      S.Parmar
      Jun 26, 2017 at 5:30 am
      Who ever told this declared emergency thing this congress guy must have not be born so he says such stupid thins let him check on net what had happen how many suffered
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        Mandar Priya Phatak
        Jun 26, 2017 at 3:58 am
        CONGRESS FIRST SHOULD APOLOGISE ABOUT THE EMERGENCY WHICH WAS IMPOSED IN THE MODERN INDIA, HOW THE CAN THEY CAN THEY EVEN SUPPORT IT WHEN IT WAS TOTALLY UNCONS UTIONAL. STILL THEY TALK ABOUT IT WITHOUT HAVING ANY REMORSE. THEY DONT SPEAK ABOUT WHAT HAPPENED IN 1984 SIKH MASSACRE, IN ADDITION ABOUT MILLIONS OF LIVES TAKEN BY NAXALITES WHO WERE PROTECTED BY CONGRESS FOR ITS OWN INTEREST.
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          ram
          Jun 26, 2017 at 4:52 am
          Adarniya .. Pathak ji perhaps your leaders did not tell you that the people of India were so much tired with Janta Party that they brought back Indira within 2 years as PM.This was the love of the people of this country for Indira.......and Indira remained PM of INIDATILL HER LAST DAY....
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          MyTake
          Jun 25, 2017 at 11:37 pm
          S c r e w the Congress up for never to recover!! It is a fundamental right of people to return the "favor" who have been s c r e we d by it all these years! B l o o d s u c k e r Congress!
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            ram
            Jun 26, 2017 at 4:44 am
            You will have to the people of this country who kicked out the Janta Party govt. in 2 years and brought back Indira Gndhi as PM She was PM of the country till her last breath
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            Rajendra B Patel
            Jun 25, 2017 at 11:29 pm
            VANDAKHAN THE HIGH SCHOOL DROP. RAHUL FOUND OUT HIS LONG LOST BROTHER.
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              romi
              Jun 25, 2017 at 11:14 pm
              congress will never learn to admit its faults they supported corruption now even want bjp to tolerate corruption
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                Facts anyone
                Jun 25, 2017 at 9:25 pm
                Malkit Singh Rehnsi please also remember the good old days of when a big tree falls the earth shakes. I am sure you were well paid and well protected from the shaking earth then like the way you are paid and fed these days. Remember slaves are nurtured for one and only one reason, to eternally live in slavery. The day they ask for freedom, history has shown that the slaves are shot. Now the choice is yours, either you continue living in slavery or stand up for facts and fight for freedom. Historically crime and freedom of speech issues have increased multifold when congress is thrown out of power and all legal evidence points to slaves like you who carry out these crimes at the behest of the congressi masters. Those times are gone now. We are more knowledgeable and know the facts with proper evidence. Whatever you do, whatever you say, the congress is not coming to power at least for the next 30 years.
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                  ram
                  Jun 26, 2017 at 5:00 am
                  You are very confident ...congratulations....History repeats it self 1977 Janta Party were boasting that they have finished congress for ever and Congress came back to power within 2 years.So kind of you that you have improved upon that and say that congress will come back after 30 years.You are really very generous !!!
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                  s s nair
                  Jun 25, 2017 at 8:13 pm
                  Who says, was there suicides of farmers during emergency, students unrest, demonetisation and J and K mismanagement during emergency.
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