Emergency crushed Indias soul PM Modi

first_imgNew Delhi: Accused by the Congress of not recognising its leaders’ contribution, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday launched a stinging counter-attack, saying the party cannot see beyond the Gandhi family and it began “flying so high” that it was disconnected from the country’s roots.Modi said the Congress members did not mention even former prime minister Manmohan Singh’s work in their speeches in Lok Sabha. In his hour-long replying to a two-day debate on the Motion of Thanks to the President’s Address in the House, which was later passed by a voice vote, Modi also called upon lawmakers to rise above partisan politics. Also Read – Rajnath Singh arrives for Rafale handover ceremony in FranceHe was, however, scathing in his criticism of the Congress, targeting the party for not recognising the contributions of leaders outside its ruling Gandhi-Nehru family, missing opportunities to empower Muslim women and “crushing India’s soul” by imposing Emergency, whose anniversary fell on Tuesday. His government’s fight against corruption will continue, he said but asserted that it will not work with a vendetta and it was for courts to send the accused to jail. Also Read – Cosmology trio win Nobel Physics PrizeTargeting the Congress for repeatedly saying that his government does not recognise the contributions of its leaders, he said his dispensation gave Bharat Ratna to a veteran Congress leader like former president Pranab Mukherjee but the opposition party could not think about bestowing the same honour to former prime ministers and its leaders like P V Narasimha Rao and Manmohan Singh. Talking about the Emergency declared by former Prime Minister Indira Gandhi, Modi said: “on the night of June 25, India’s soul was crushed”. June 25 marks the day former Prime Minister Indira Gandhi declared a state of Emergency in the country for a 21-month period from 1975 to 1977. The PM said, “A few people were constantly asking during the debate- Who did it? Who did it? I want to ask them- today is 25th June. Who imposed the Emergency? Who trampled over the spirit of the Constitution, gagged the media and bullied the judiciary? We can’t forget those dark days.”last_img read more

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