Frustrated by his government’s ability to pass important bills in the Monsoon session of parliament, Prime Minister Narendra Modi told his colleagues that Congress’ behaviour was reminiscent to that of Emergency era.
His comment that an opposition party with its lowest ever tally in the parliament was capable of causing an emergency-like situation prompted social media users to start mocking his statement.
Journalist Swati Chaturvesi called Modi’s statement ‘hilarious.’
Hilarious day a govt with full majority does a protest march, a PM who maintains a stoic silence hates dissent calls the sit "Emergency"!
— Swati Chaturvedi (@bainjal) August 13, 2015
Supreme Court lawyer Karuna Nundy wrote;
Here an Emergency, There an Emergency, Everywhere an Emergent Emergency. https://t.co/1KpxJEJqlZ
— Karuna Nundy (@karunanundy) August 13, 2015
User @rkbnow echoed the same sentiment reminding BJP that Congress was in power during the emergency.
EMERGENCY!Congress had a HUGE majority in 1975.Cong was in POWER.Has BJP forgotten WE have a BJP Prime Minister today?I'm confused!
— Rajiv Kunwar Bajaj (@rkbnow) August 13, 2015
Journalist Rana Ayyub said that it was the first time in ‘independent India’ that a ruling party was expression apprehension about emergency-like situation.
Must be the first time in the history of Independent India that a ruling party is talking of an emergency like situation ?
— Rana Ayyub (@RanaAyyub) August 13, 2015
User @ranumini felt that PM was simply trying to save his image by blaming an opposition Congress party.
suspending congress leaders bjp created emergency ,failing in their mission blaming congress again to save his image of power of no use
— Dr. Ranu Begum (@ranumini) August 13, 2015
The monsoon session of parliament remain largely disrupted after the government failed to give in to opposition’s demands on the resignation of the central government’s tainted ministers. Congress has been demanding the resignations of External Affairs Minister, Sushma Swaraj and Rajasthan Chief Minister, Vasundhara Raje Scindia (both accused of committing conflict of interests by helping Lalit Modi) and Shivraj Singh Chauhan, who’s facing heat in Vyapam scam.
People who agreed with Modi on twitter appeared to be in minority. User @v_shrivsatish said,
Parties and people those who had imposed emergency in 1975 r again behaving in the same dictatorial fashion.No regard for democracy.
— V Satish (@v_shrivsatish) August 13, 2015