The Shiv Sena on Sunday said the topic of India’s Emergency of 1975 is “outdated” and must be “buried once and for all”, as the current situation in the country is much worse.
“The present situation in the country prompts us to say the situation during the Emergency was better,” Sena MP Sanjay Raut weekly column’s RokhThok in party mouthpiece Saamana said.
Raut said newspapers and media houses are being controlled, many opposition leaders are jailed, public property is up for sale, and only some people are gaining from it, and those who point out this is wrong are termed ‘enemies of the country’. Those who speak frankly and sometimes criticise the actions of the government, including persons from the film industry such as Anurag Kashyap and Taapsee Pannu, were raided by the income tax department. “How is this any different from the Emergency,” the column questioned.
Talking about the arrest of the Disha Ravi, the 22-year old environment activist for sedition, Raut said, “Why is the government afraid of a 22-year old? Does this suit the world’s biggest democracy? Such incidents erode the basis of democracy.”
After a huge stadium was renamed after Narendra Modi, it is a resounding reminder of the slogan coined during the Emergency, “Indira is India”. Now Indira’s place has been taken by Narendra Modi, the mouthpiece said.
The column also questioned if it is necessary for Rahul Gandhi to express that emergency was wrong and revisit the topic? “That topic has now become obsolete,” the editorial said. Praising Rahul Gandhi, the editorial said he is frank hearted, and what he spoke simply became a talking point.
State BJP’s media cell head Vishwas Pathak said, “The Sena’s support to Emergency is understood. Even Sena founder the late Balasaheb Thackeray had supported the Emergency in 1975. The Sena is helpless and has to support Congress.”