- BJP launches attack on Congress on anniversary of Emergency of 1975
- Arun Jaitley draws comparisons between Adolf Hitler and Indira Gandhi
- Mr Jaitley calls himself the "first Satyagrahi during the Emergency"
In the blog that was shared on social media by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Mr Jaitley said unlike Hitler, Indira Gandhi went a step ahead to transform India into a "dynastic democracy".
Indira Gandhi, the mother of former prime minister Rajiv Gandhi and the grandmother of Congress president Rahul Gandhi, ruled India between 1966 and 1984. The Emergency she ordered in the early hours of June 26, 1975, is described as the "darkest period in democracy" by the BJP, which marks the day with protests.
"Both Hitler and Mrs. Gandhi never abrogated the Constitution. They used a republican Constitution to transform democracy into dictatorship. Hitler arrested most of the opposition Members of Parliament and converted his minority Government in Parliament into a 2/3rd majority government," Mr Jaitley wrote.
He also commented that constitutional provisions were used to turn democracy into a "constitutional dictatorship".
Both Hitler & Mrs. Gandhi never abrogated the Constitution. They used a republican Constitution to transform democracy into dictatorship. Hitler arrested most of the opposition Members of Parliament & converted his minority Government in Parliament into a 2/3rd majority govt.- Arun Jaitley (@arunjaitley) June 25, 2018
The common man who did not understand the political consequence of dictatorship, understood it because of forced sterilization. As someone aptly put: दाद देता हूँ मैं मर्द-ए-हिंदुस्तान की, सर कटा सकते हैं लेकिन नस कटा सकते नहीं l- Arun Jaitley (@arunjaitley) June 25, 2018
A Nazi leader proclaimed that Germany had only one authority and that was the authority of "Fuehrer" (Hitler), wrote Mr Jaitley. "Similarly, (Congress) president Devakanta Barua proclaimed 'Indira is India and India is Indira'."
Mr Jaitley was jailed for organising a protest hours after the Emergency order.
The minister said the emergency measures diluted the power of High Courts to issue writ petitions, "a power which Dr. (BR) Ambedkar had said was the very heart and soul of India's constitution". "They also amended Article 368 so that a Constitution amendment was beyond judicial review. There were a few things that Hitler did not do which Gandhi did.
Indira Gandhi amended both the constitution and the Representation of People Act so that her election could be validated, he wrote.