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    Congress's talk on democracy is anguishing, says Nirmala Sitharaman

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    Addressing BJP Tamil Nadu unit party workers via a virtual rally, she said: "People's rights were completely rejected. Why did the Congress party do it?It was hankering for power, it was for the sake of office. The law was broken and an emergency was declared." The emergency era witnessed several atrocities, she alleged.

    "That the Congress today has the guts to talk of democracy is anguishing," she said adding the DMK, however, joined hands withthe Congress subsequently.
    Chennai: The "power hungry" Congress government took away the rights of the people by clamping emergency this day 45 years ago and when the very same party spoke on democracy it was anguishing, BJP leader and Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman said on Thursday. Recalling that the emergency came into effect in India on June 25, 1975, she said, it was promulgated by the "power hungry Congress party and they created a huge challenge for democracy by coming up with emergency."

    The emergency continued till March 21, 1977.

    Addressing BJP Tamil Nadu unit party workers via a virtual rally, she said: "People's rights were completely rejected. Why did the Congress party do it?It was hankering for power, it was for the sake of office. The law was broken and an emergency was declared."

    The emergency era witnessed several atrocities, she alleged and said several leaders from the ranks of opposition were jailed and the DMK government led by late Chief Minister M Karunanidhi was dismissed.

    A DMK leader, Mayor Chittibabu died unable to bear the torture in prison,she alleged.

    "That the Congress today has the guts to talk of democracy is anguishing," she said adding the DMK, however, joined hands withthe Congress subsequently.

    She wondered what yardstick of democracy prompted the DMK to join hands with the Congress party.

    Also, she asked: "What right does the DMK have to raise questions on freedom of speech and democracy?"
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    7 Comments on this Story

    dhruve140641 days ago
    Aunty ! Let’s stop taking of the past and talk about your performance ! Congress with all their alleged corruption and inefficiencies was not able to destroy the country like you have in 2 years ! Please stop repeating everything you say 5 times . Heard your budget speech of 2 hours before you had to stop because of illness ... if you remove the lines that you have repeated in it the speach becomes 30 minutes ... if you actually see how much of that speach has been implemented it becomes zero . I think you will make a good lecturer in a university but managing the country’s economy is not something you can handle . You are a patriot and a principled person if you can’t handle the economy please quit and let someone more competent take your post ! It will be a big service to the country . I do not doubt that you love our country also !
    Sarma V S41 days ago
    You have enough other reasons to anguish like the state of the economy, migrant crisis,covid crisis,border issues,unemployment. Better focus on them,rather than wasting on Congress and its belief system in Democracy.
    Amar Khurana41 days ago
    Madamji business class with annual turnover around
    Rs.50 lacs are suffering. They need assistance
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