Arun Jaitley attacks on Emergency of 1975: Compares Indira Gandhi to Hitler


New Delhi: The BJP has left no stone unturned to blame the Congress on the Emergency of 1974. In a sharp attack on Congress, Union Minister Arun Jaitley drew parallels between then Prime Minister Indira Gandhi and Adolf Hitler in a Facebook post, stating that both had turned democracy into dictatorship.

Jaitley on Monday suggested that former Prime Minister Indira Gandhi may have been inspired by German dictator Adolf Hitler in suspending democracy in 1975 by imposing Emergency on a manufactured pretext, in a blog to mark the 43rd anniversary of Emergency.

“Both Hitler and Mrs Gandhi never abrogated the Constitution. They used a republican Constitution to transform democracy into dictatorship,” he wrote.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi supported his blog and Twitted, “Arun Jaitley writes about the dark days of the Emergency, the trampling of personal liberties, excesses committed and how the Emergency was a direct attack on our constitutional ideals. Do read his blogs.”

The minister also said that just like Hitler, Indira imprisoned most opposition MPs, thus obtaining a two-thirds majority which was used to push through several “obnoxious” changes in the Constitution. “They amended Article 368 so that a constitution amendment was put beyond judicial review,” he added.

Jaitley said Indira went beyond even Hitler to muzzle criticism as she turned the country into a “dynastic democracy”. “There were a few things that Hitler did not do which Mrs Gandhi did. She prohibited the publication of parliamentary proceeding in the media,” he wrote.

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