Jaitley slams detractors of Govt over 'undeclared emergency'

Jaitley slams detractors of Govt over

The Union Minister for Finance, Corporate Affairs and Defence, Shri Arun Jaitley addressing the press conference, in New Delhi on May 05, 2017.

New Delhi: Union Minister Arun Jaitley targeted those criticising the Government over ''undeclared emergency'', saying they should introspect about their own role when the Emergency was declared on this day in 1975. "It has become customary for the critics of any government in India to casually use an expression 'undeclared Emergency'. Those making these exaggerated comments were either supporting the Emergency or were absent in any protest against the Emergency," he wrote in a post on his facebook page. ''Today I wonder if those who routinely use the expression ''undeclared'' emergency must introspect and ask where I was for those 19 months,'' he said. He said Emergency was an era of sycophancy suffering from a dichotomy. A dictatorial regime is often misled by its own propaganda. Mr Jaitley said the Emergency established dictatorship of an individual and created an environment of "tyranny and fear" in the society. "A dictatorial regime is often misled by its own propaganda. It becomes consumer of its own propaganda with nobody else believing it. It misled itself to believe that the people were in support of the dictatorship," he said. And this led to Indira Gandhi committing the ultimate error of ordering an election which witnessed a rebellion against her emergency regime, Mr Jaitley said.

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