BJP leader and Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman has said that the "hungry for power" Congress government had taken away their rights from people 45 years ago today and today to talk about democracy, that courage of the Congress is giving so much anger. The minister recalled the Emergency on June 25, 1975, saying that it was implemented by the "hungry for power- Congress Party" and had posed a major challenge to democracy by imposing Emergency. The Emergency lasted until 21 March 1977.
Addressing the workers of the Tamil Nadu party unit of the BJP at an online rally, Nirmala Sitharaman said, "People's rights were completely taken away. Why would the Congress party do this? It was longing for power. The law was broken and a state of emergency was declared. "She alleged that many atrocities were committed during the Emergency and many top opposition leaders were imprisoned. The DMK government headed by the late Chief Minister M Karunanidhi was dismissed. The Finance Minister alleged that DMK leader Mayer Chittibabu could not withstand the torture in the jail and he died.
Nirmala said, "Today, the courage of the Congress to talk about democracy is disheartening." The BJP leader said that the DMK too later joined the Congress party. She asked, "What right does DMK have to question democracy and freedom of expression?" The BJP-led central government's "one year achievements" like providing help, efforts to build Ram temple after Supreme Court order, etc. She further said, "For political reasons, we have to tell all those who oppose the revised citizenship law that it does not take away the citizenship of anyone, rather it gives citizenship to all those seeking asylum, do we have the right or not.