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PM Modi talking of emergency a show of “petty politics”: Sibal


New Delhi: Unleashing a belligerent attack on Prime Minister Narendra Modi for raking up the issue of Emergency in his ‘Mann Ki Baat’ radio program, the Congress today accused the former of practicing petty politics.

During a press conference, Congress leader Kapil Sibal said, “How do you have an anniversary on Emergency and how do you do a ‘Mann ki Baat‘ on Emergency.

“What happened in 1975, why do you talk about it in 2016. What is the relevance of that today? You can’t have such an Emergency today. Why are you talking about it except for petty politics,” he added.

Sibal further castigated Modi government for deflecting from real issues and said that there are many Emergency like issues prevalent in India which need due attention.

“The Emergency of 1975 can never happen today because of amendments in the Constitution. There are many emergencies in India to be dealt with like farmers emergency, drought emergency and unemployment emergencies. Deal with them,” said Sibal

Yesterday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi recalled the days of 1975 Emergency, calling it the “darkest hour” in India’s history.

“Very often, Mann Ki Baat is criticised, but this is possible because we are a democracy,” Prime Minister Modi said while addressing the nation in the 21st edition of his ‘Mann Ki Baat’ programme.

“Today, we are proud of our democracy. But June 25, 1975, was a black night for Indian democracy when Emergency was declared, rights of citizens were killed, and the country was turned into a jail,” he said.

The BJP has been criticising Congress on the Emergency. 49 central ministers are today campaigning against Emergency across the nation.