Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday said the Congress party’s mentality is the same was it was during the Emergency years, pointing to a recent impeachment motion against Chief Justice Dipak Misra.
The Congress and six other opposition parties handed Vice-President Venkaiah Naidu a notice for Misra’s impeachment in April. They accused the chief justice of five counts of “misbehaviour” and “misusing” authority. Naidu rejected the notice. This decision was later challenged in the Supreme Court, but the plea was withdrawn.
No Indian chief justice has ever been impeached.
Today, Modi told Bharatiya Janta Party (BJP) workers in Mumbai that the Congress was trying to “scare” the judiciary by bringing an impeachment motion against its seniormost official.
The Emergency, which lasted almost two years, began nearly 43 years ago today — on June 25, 1975.
Modi remembered what it was like to live through that period.
Young people, he said, don’t have an idea of what happened back then, and won’t know what “living without freedom” can be like.
India never thought it would be turned into “one big jail” just for “lust for power” and “servility to one family”, the prime minister said.
Every person lived in fear, he recalled.
News credit : Indiatoday