Remembering Emergency: BJP to observe June 25 as ‘black day’

Prime News, National, Karnataka, Mysuru, June 24:- Way back in 1975, on June 25, the then Prime Minister Indira Gandhi declared an Emergency. Scores of Opposition leaders, who opposed it, were put behind bars.

At a press conference held at the Bharatiya Janata Party office at Chamarajapuram here on Thursday (June 24), BJP district convener R Gopal Rao said June 25 (Friday) will be observed as a ‘black day.’

He said, “Emergency is a black mark in the history of Indian democracy. All the organisations affiliated to the BJP and Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) will all join hands with us.”

He said, “Indira Gandhi went against the orders of Allahabad High Court and declared Emergency to show she is above law. The emergency is something that no one can forget. Those were tough days for all the people. No one was free to move around freely. No government official could be questioned and nothing against the government could be published in newspapers. There was no medical facility for all those who were jailed. Indira Gandhi wanted to punish all those whom she thought were against her interests.”

Rao said, “In protest, all the like-minded leaders joined hands to criticise Indira Gandhi’s high-handedness. Many RSS leaders, intellectuals and scholars took part in the massive protest which proved to be successful. Many leaders were arrested and tortured but there was no one to question them.”

The BJP leader said, “To remember all those who sacrificed their lives during Emergency, we are organising a protest but we won’t be blocking roads or important junctions in the city.”

District BJP vice president Dasaaiah, convener Veeresh and others were present. (MR/KS)

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