Hyderabad: The Congress-led government at
the Centre is undermining Constitutional and other
institutions for political convenience much like the way it
did during Emergency, the BJP alleged Saturday.
"The internal emergency imposed in 1975 was a dark period
in the history of India. No one was allowed to work freely.
Similarly, Congress is undermining Constitutional offices
again. We have seen how governors behaved in states like
Jharkhand and Goa. Similar is the case with CBI," senior BJP
leader Bangaru Laxman said.
He was addressing a meeting held at the BJP office to
observe a `black day` over the imposition of internal
Emergency in 1975.
Samajwadi Party leader Mulayam Singh Yadav and RJD leader
Lalu Prasad and also Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Mayawati
claim that they fight against the Congress but they support
the ruling party at the crucial moment, he alleged.
Laxman, a former national president of BJP, explained the
days of Emergency and how the freedom of various institutions,
including the Fourth Estate (media), was curbed.
Jalagam Vengal Rao, who was then Chief Minister of Andhra
Pradesh, flew to various state capitals on June 25, 1975 to
inform the Chief Ministers that Emergency was going to be
imposed, Laxman claimed.
Lauding the role played by veteran BJP leaders like Atal
Bihari Vajpayee and L K Advani during the Emergency, state BJP
president G Kishan Reddy exhorted the parytmen to work with
the same spirit for safeguarding democracy.
Meanwhile, BJP National Secretary K Lakshman alleged that
doubts are being created about Election Commission`s decision
not to hold by-elections in two assembly constituencies along
with 10 others.
The EC decided not to hold by-elections as election
petitions were pending in courts with regard to the two seats.
The election panel has decided to hold the elections for the
10 seats on July 27.