JAIPUR: Former Prime Minister Indira Gandhi had imposed the Emergency to save the country and not her chair or family, asserted senior Congress leader and former Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot Wednesday.
Gehlot made the assertion to refute the BJP charges that she had imposed the Emergency to save her chair and family.
“Gandhi had imposed the Emergency to save the country, and not to save her chair and family. Those levelling allegations should know that members of Gandhi family did not hold any constitutional post for the last 30 years,” Gehlot said at a press conference here.
The people of the country had given their decision and rejected the Congress after the Emergency, but they again voted her to power barely two and half years later, he said.
As per the historical records, Mrs Gandhi had imposed Emergency on late night intervening June 25 and 26, 1975 under Article 352 of the Constitution on grounds of prevailing “internal disturbances” in the country because the Opposition parties had given a call to launch a movement to force her quit the prime ministership after the Allahabad High Court had declared her election to the Lok Sabha as null and void.
Gehlot, however, blamed the BJP and its leaders for touching a new low in the politics, saying they are misleading people by their false statements and posts on the social media about former prime ministers Jawaharlal Nehru and Indira Gandhi.
Gehlot said Prime Minister Narendra Modi should be proud that he is sitting on the chair which was once held by Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru.