Union Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar on Sunday mocked Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal for the latter’s Emergency jibe at the Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
Parrikar said that AAP convenor would not have been able to criticise Modi if supremo would not have been able to criticise Modi if there was Emergency in Delhi.
Addressing a gathering at Sarala Bhawan as part of the BJP’s ‘Vikas Utsav’ in Odisha, Parrikar said, “Kejriwal ji accuses the Prime Minister of imposing Emergency like situation. In that case, he wouldn’t be able to criticise the Prime Minister publicly.”
Parrikar, according to ANI, also used the occasion to take potshots at the Congress and remembered the situation prevailing in the nation during the 1975 emergency.
“I find it surprising at times when people from the Congress talk about Hitler and freedom because they were the one to murder it in 1975,” he said.
Earlier in the day, 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.