Monday, June 25, 2018- Arun Jaitley, Senior leader of Bharatiya Janata Party, compared the indictment of the Emergency, imposed on June 25, 43 years ago with Adolf Hitler’s dictatorial regime in Germany. He also added that former Prime Minister Indira Gandhi, who took the decision to impose Emergency, of transforming India into a “dynastic democracy”.
“Both Hitler and Mrs. Gandhi never abrogated the Constitution. They used a republican Constitution to transform democracy into a dictatorship,” he said.
The Congress criticised his views, calling the comparison “odious”.
The Union Minister said, “Mrs. Gandhi’s imposition of Emergency under Article 352, suspension of fundamental rights under Article 359 and her claim that “disorder was planned by the opposition in the country”, echoed Hitler’s “Reichstag” episode as exposed by the Nuremberg trials after 13 years”.
The BJP leader, who was jailed during Emergency, wrote that ‘just as Hitler arrested most of the opposition Members of Parliament and brought detailed Constitution amendments vesting all power in one person, Gandhi also arrested most opposition Members of Parliament and, procured, through their absence, a two-thirds majority of the house, and used this to pass several Constitution amendments’.
the BJP leader wrote, “There were a few things that Hitler did not do which Mrs. Gandhi did. She prohibited the publication of Parliamentary proceedings in the media… Unlike Hitler, Mrs. Gandhi went ahead to transform India into a ‘dynastic Democracy”.
Sanjay Kumar, of the Centre for the Study of Developing Societies, said, “BJP would not have been in power”. He also added, “There have been many parties and several leaders in power in the past such as VP Singh, IK Gujaral, and Deve Gowda. We have seen when people want to vote out someone they do so notwithstanding the person’s political lineage. There are many examples of dynastic parties at the state levels also losing power”.