This is being done to mark the 44th anniversary of the Emergency, as well as to highlight the threats posed by the Narendra Modi-led NDA government.

CPIM Kerala committee to observe June 26 as Anti-Emergency day
news Politics Monday, June 24, 2019 - 09:20

Referring to the period of Emergency declared by the former Prime Minister Indira Gandhi as a dark period in the history of independent India, the Kerala committee of the Communist Party of India (Marxist) on Sunday announced that it will observe June 26 as “Anti-Emergency day” to mark the 44th anniversary of the Emergency.  

The anti-Emergency day is also observed in order to highlight the threats and challenges posed by the Narendra Modi-led National Democratic Alliance (NDA) government, which came to power at the Centre for a second consecutive term.

In a statement put out by the CPI(M) state committee on Sunday, the party has stated that the NDA, which stormed to power at the Centre for a second consecutive term, has already started issuing public threats to the democratic system as well as to the constitutional values of the country.

By stating that the ruling regime is planning to destroy the federal republic by establishing a single party rule throughout the country, the Communist party alleges that the NDA has also taken a stand to take away the idea of a ‘secular republic’ from the Constitution of India.

(Source: CPIM Kerala/Facebook)

Fakhruddin Ali Ahmed, who was the then President of India, on June 25, 1975, upon the advice of Indira Gandhi, declared a state of emergency under Article 352 of the Constitution of India citing “internal disturbance”. This gave Indira Gandhi the authority to rule by decree, suspending elections and curbing civil liberties.

“Indira Gandhi has convinced us that democracy is not about the mandate of the people but that it can be moulded according to the likes and dislikes of an individual,” the CPI(M) state committee said.

Dr. TM Thomas Isaac, the Finance Minister of Kerala, on Sunday said that the Narendra Modi government is also moving in the direction of destroying the democratic values and bringing about the autocratic rule of the Sangh Parivar in the country. “The coming anniversary of the Indian Emergency period should be observed as a day to mobilise the people against the upcoming challenges and to make them aware of the threats raised by the ruling regime,” he said.

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