Modi recalls Emergency: urges for preserving democracy

  • Modi recalls Emergency: urges for preserving democracy

Modi recalls Emergency: urges for preserving democracy

With the opposition looking to turn the presidential poll into an ideological battle, PM Narendra Modi reminded the nation of the Emergency, which was imposed on June 25, 1975, without naming Congress - the party that imposed the measure.

The Congress leader referred to the CBI raids at the residence of NDTV founder Prannoy Roy to drive his point home that there is an "undeclared Emergency" under the BJP rule, with the media being muzzled.

He recalled that democracy-lovers had fought a big battle against the Emergency imposed by then Prime Minister Indira Gandhi and said the pro-democracy "heritage" needs to be strengthened.

It, however, acknowledged that the Emergency, imposed on this day in 1975, "was a mistake" and said lessons have been learned.

In his monthly radio address "Mann Ki Baat", Modi, who is now in the USA, also greeted the nation on Eid and Lord Jagannath Rath Yatra, lauded a cleanliness initiative by a Muslim majority village in Uttar Pradesh and construction of 10,000 household toilets in 71 gram panchayats in Andhra Pradesh.

He said that in a way, the entire nation had been converted into a prison, with opposing voices being curbed.

Modi said: "The believers of democracy fought a prolonged war, and the great nation that India is, where the spirit of democracy pervades the very being of all its people, the strength of that spirit was demonstrated when the opportunity of elections came".

"Democracy is not only a system".

"What Prime Minister said was right". Internal security in this country is under jeopardy, why?

To extend help in this endeavour, the government provided about Rs 17 lakh, Modi said.

He claimed that the separatists are increasingly growing disdainful over the present state of affairs in Jammu and Kashmir, and are opting for terrorism.

"The so-called separatists have now become full-grown terrorists". We have the situation where counterfeit currency is being printed and the case of lynching mobs and Romeo squads are emerging.

In the letter, she had written that she was selling goods through the "Government E-Marketplace", an online portal, and even the Prime Minister's Office had bought two items from her through it.

"No meeting of the Cabinet Committee on Security took place".

He said during the Ramzan, the people of the village with a population of about 3,500 families, mostly Muslims, made a decision to collectively construct a toilet.