Arun Jaitley compares Indira Gandhi to Hitler, PM Modi backs him

Arun Jaitley compares Indira Gandhi to Hitler, PM Modi backs him

NEW DELHI: In a sharp attack on Congress, Union minister Arun Jaitley on Monday suggested that former Prime Minister Indira Gandhi may have been inspired by German dictator Adolf Hitler in suspending democracy in 1975 by imposing Emergency on a manufactured pretext. In a blog to mark the 43rd anniversary of Emergency, Jaitley said there were striking parallels + between the way Indira suspended fundamental rights and persecuted political opponents and the manner in which Hitler installed himself as the sole ruler in Germany.
“Both Hitler and Mrs Gandhi never abrogated the Constitution. They used a republican Constitution to transform democracy into dictatorship,” he wrote. “Arun Jaitley writes about the dark days of the Emergency, the trampling of personal liberties, excesses committed and how the Emergency was a direct attack on our constitutional ideals. Do read his blogs,” PM Modi tweeted. Jaitley recalled that Hitler had engineered an attack on the German Parliament House to get the president to give him emergency powers for the “protection of the people in the state”.
He said Indira, faced with growing political challenges, took a similar route to seek to snuff out political resistance. “Hitler continued to maintain that his actions were within the four corners of the Constitution. Mrs Gandhi imposed Emergency under Article 352, suspended fundamental rights under Article 359 and claimed that disorder was planned by the opposition in the country. The security forces were being asked to disobey illegal orders and, therefore, in the larger interest of the nation, India had to become a disciplined democracy,” Jaitley wrote. The minister also said that just like Hitler, Indira imprisoned most opposition MPs, thus obtaining a two-thirds majority which was used to push through several “obnoxious” changes in the Constitution. “They amended Article 368 so that a constitution amendment was put beyond judicial review,” he added.