New Delhi || Political leaders across the political spectrum remembered the draconian Emergency clamped by then prime minister Indira Gandhi on this very day – June 25, 1975, and saluted people who stood against what is described as the ‘Black Spot’ on the otherwise vibrant Indian democracy.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi took to micro-blogging site Twitter to pay homage to all those greats who put up a fight against the Emergency and resisted it. He further said that democracy prevailed over authoritarianism.
“India salutes all those greats who fiercely and fearlessly resisted the Emergency. India’s democratic ethos successfully prevailed over an authoritarian mindset,” he tweeted. BJP’s working President JP Nadda said in a tweet that the Emergency period was a “black blot”.
“In 1975, on this day, democracy was murdered by the Congress party to remain in power. A grateful nation remembers thousands of unsung heroes from Bharatiya Jan Sangh and RSS, who led the anti-Emergency movement from the front” he tweeted. Defence minister Rajnath Singh, union minister for Women and Child Welfare took to Twitter to highlight how it was one of the darkest chapters in India’s history.
Union Home Minister and BJP chief Amit Shah recalled how newspapers were shut and citizens of the country were deprived of their fundamental rights. “Lakhs of patriots suffered to re-establish democracy in the country. I salute all those soldiers,” he tweeted.