Indira Gandhi jailed us, but never abused us: Lalu Yadav

Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) chief and former Bihar Chief Minister Lalu Prasad Yadav on Saturday recalled what happened to him during the dark days of Emergency, saying that the then Prime Minister Indira Gandhi was very They put leaders behind bars, but they never mistreated them. .

In a post shared on X, the RJD chief shared an article “Singh Silence in 1975” written by him and journalist Nalin Verma. In the article, he attacked the BJP-led central government, saying that though 1975 is a stain on the country's democracy, we must not forget who does not respect the opposition in 2024.

“I was the convenor of the steering committee formed by Jay Prakash Narayan to carry forward the movement against the excesses of Emergency imposed by the then Prime Minister Indira Gandhi. I was under the Maintenance of Security Act (MISA). I was in jail for more than 15 years. In months and I didn't know many BJP ministers talking about Emergency, we talked about Modi, JP Nadda and some other associates of the Prime Minister. Hadn't heard the one who lectures us today on the value of freedom, he posted on X.

“Indira Gandhi put many of us behind bars, but she never abused us. Neither she nor her ministers called us “anti-national” or “unpatriotic. ” he said. He never allowed vandals to tarnish the memory of Baba Sahib Ambedkar – our architect. The 1975 constitution is a stain on our democracy but we must not forget who the opposition will be in 2024. does not respect,” said the RJD leader.

On June 25, 1975, then Prime Minister Indira Gandhi imposed a 21-month emergency. This year marks the 50th anniversary of the Emergency, considered one of the most controversial periods in India's political history.

Earlier on Thursday, President Draupadi Murmu addressed a joint session of Parliament and criticized the imposition of 'Emergency'.

He said, “Emergency was the biggest and darkest chapter of a direct attack on the Constitution. During the Emergency, the entire country plunged into chaos, but the nation emerged victorious against such unconstitutional powers”.

The President's remarks have sparked reactions from leaders of the Indian bloc.

Congress National President Mallikarjan Kharge said that Prime Minister Narendra Modi is trying to get cheap applause by forcing the President to give a speech full of lies.

Kharge wrote on his official 'X' account, “Modi ji is trying to get cheap praise by forcing Hon'ble President to lie, which people of India have already rejected in 2024 elections.”

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