Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee today criticised the Prime Minister Narendra Modi-led BJP government, describing his term in charge as a “Super Emergency”. She also warned the nation to protect its democratic institutions in a message that comes as the BJP and Trinamool Congress trade allegations of provoking violence and intolerance in the state.
June 25 marks the day former Prime Minister Indira Gandhi declared a state of Emergency in the country for a 21-month period from 1975 to 1977.
“Today is the anniversary of the #Emergency declared in 1975. For the last five years, the country went through a ”Super Emergency”. We must learn our lessons from history and fight to safeguard the democratic institutions in the country,” Banerjee tweeted on the occasion of the 44th anniversary of the 1975 Emergency.
Today is the anniversary of the #Emergency declared in 1975. For the last five years, the country went through a ‘Super Emergency’. We must learn our lessons from history and fight to safeguard the democratic institutions in the country
— Mamata Banerjee (@MamataOfficial) June 25, 2019
Ms Banerjee, a fierce critic of the Prime Minister and the BJP, opted to skip both PM Modi’s swearing-in ceremony on May 30 and the Niti Aayog meet on June 15, accusing the centre of causing riots to bring down her government because she was investigating EVM “irregularities” during last month’s national election, in which the BJP claimed 18 of 42 seats compared to the two it won in 2014.
She has also hit out at the PM Modi-led BJP on other instances, accusing them of trying to “turn Bengal into Gujarat” and urging the people of Bengal to band together to protect the culture of the state.
Ms Banerjee had also accused the BJP of “mixing religion with politics” after BJP supporters confronted Trinamool leaders – including the Chief Minister – with “Jai Shri Ram” slogans after the BJP made inroads in the state in last month’s national election.
As the two parties fight to assert themselves ahead of state polls in 2021, the BJP has complained of a breakdown in law and order. BJP leader Mukul Roy wrote to Home Minister Amit Shah requesting him to take action to safeguard lives of people as “anarchy and chaos” prevails in the state.
PM Modi also tweeted to mark the anniversary of the Emergency.
India salutes all those greats who fiercely and fearlessly resisted the Emergency.
India’s democratic ethos successfully prevailed over an authoritarian mindset. pic.twitter.com/vUS6HYPbT5
— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) June 25, 2019
“India salutes all those greats who fiercely and fearlessly resisted the Emergency. India’s democratic ethos successfully prevailed over an authoritarian mindset,” the Prime Minister wrote, including a video montage of scenes from the period in his comment.
With inputs from ANI
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