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Jaitley wonders if script of Emergency was inspired by Nazi Germany

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Drawing a parallel between German dictator Adolf Hitler and Indira Gandhi, Union minister Arun Jaitley today said that both turned democracy into a dictatorship.

In the second of the three-part series of an article ‘The Emergency Revisited’, Jaitley said unlike Hitler, Gandhi went a step ahead by endeavoring to transform India into “dynastic democracy”.

In his Facebook post, the minister wondered whether the script of Emergency, which was imposed more than 4 decades ago on June 25, 1975, was inspired by what had happened in Nazi Germany in 1933.

“Both Hitler and Mrs. Gandhi never abrogated the Constitution. They used a republican Constitution to transform democracy into a dictatorship,” Jaitley wrote in the second part sub-titled as ‘The Tyranny of Emergency’.

Jaitley further said there were a few things which Hitler did not do which Gandhi did.

“She prohibited the publication of Parliamentary proceeding in the media… Unlike Hitler, Mrs. Gandhi went ahead to transform India into a ‘dynastic Democracy’,” Jaitley said.

“The press censorship laws imposed in India and in Germany were almost similar. You had effectively a one-party system in play,” Jaitley said.

As regards the economic programme, the minister drew a similarity between the agenda of Hitler and Gandhi.

“Hitler had announced a 25 point economic programme. Mrs. Gandhi had announced 20. To cover up the gap, Sanjay (Gandhi) announced his 5 points economic and social programme. Dissent became a sin and sycophancy the rule,” Jaitley said.

Hitler continued to maintain that his actions were within the four corners of the Constitution, Jaitley said, adding “Mrs. Gandhi imposed the Emergency under Article 352, suspended fundamental rights under Article 359 and claimed that disorder was planned by the opposition in the country”.

The senior minister further said that 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”.

Like Hitler, Gandhi arrested most opposition members of Parliament, and therefore procured, through their absence, a two-thirds majority of members present and voting and enabling the passage of several obnoxious provisions through Constitution amendments, he said.

“The 42nd amendment to the Constitution diluted the power of high courts to issue writ petitions, a power which Dr. 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,” Jaitley said.

A Nazi leader proclaimed that Germany had only one authority and that was the authority of “Fuehrer” (tyrannical leader Hitler), Jaitley said, adding similarly AICC President Devakanta Barua proclaimed “Indira is India and India is Indira”.

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Ashok Gehlot takes oath as Chief Minister of Rajasthan

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New Delhi | Ashok Gehlot on Monday took oath as the new Chief Minister of Rajasthan after the Congress party emerged victorious in the assembly election. Along with Gehlot, Sachin Pilot also took oath as the deputy chief minister of Rajasthan.

Various opposition leader including Congress President Rahul Gandhi, former prime minister H D Devegowda, Karnataka chief minister H D Kumaraswamy, National Conference leader Farooq Abdullah, RJD leader Tejashwi Yadav, LJD leader Sharad Yadav, Sharad Pawar and TDP chief Chandrababu Naidu.

The Congress party had emerged as the single largest party with 99 seats in the Rajasthan assembly and with the support of BSP and other independent MLAs has staked claim for the government in Rajasthan.

The new CM of Rajasthan Ashok Gehlot has won the assembly election from the Sardarpura constituency of Jodhpur is currently the national general secretary and in-charge of organizations and training of the Congress party. Gehlot was earlier the Chief Minister of Rajasthan from 1998 to 2003 and again from 2008 to 2013. He is considered as one of the progressive Chief Minister the state has ever witnessed.

Ashok Gehlot is a 5-time member of parliament from Rajasthan. And held ministerial positions in the cabinet of Indira Gandhi, Rajiv Gandhi and Narasimha Rao.

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Congress leader Sajjan Kumar convicted in 1984 anti-Sikh riot case

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New Delhi | The Delhi High Court on Monday convicted Congress leader Sajjan Kumar in a 1984 anti-Sikh riot case.

The Delhi High Court has sentenced Sajjan Kumar to life imprisonment and the Congress leader has to surrender by 31st December 2018. The High Court has reversed the judgement of the trial court which acquitted Kumar earlier. Along with Sajjan Kumar, Captain Bhagmal, Girdhari Lal and former Congress councillor Balwan Khokhar have been sentenced to life imprisonment. Kishan Khokkar and former legislator Mahender Yadav have been sentenced to 10 years in prison.

Reading the judgement the High Court said,” “In the summer of 1947, during partition, several people were massacred. 37 years later Delhi was the witness of a similar tragedy. The accused enjoyed political patronage and escaped trial.”

Responding to the judgement, Manjinder Singh Sirsa of Shiromani Akali Dal said, “We thank the court for giving us justice. Our fight will continue till Sajjan Kumar & Jagdish Tytler get a death sentence & Gandhi family is dragged to the court & put in jail.”

Sajjan Kumar is convicted in the 1984 Anti Sikh riot which was ignited after the assassination of Former Prime Minister Indira Gandhi by her bodyguards. Around  2800 people belonging to the Sikh community were killed in India during the anti-Sikh riots. The Delhi High Court earlier on 14 August 2018 started hearing appeals filed by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) and victims against Sajjan Kumar acquittal in the Anti Sikh Riots of 1984in Delhi.

 

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PM Modi slams Congress for ‘weakening’ judiciary

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Allahabad (UP) | Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday charged the Congress with “building pressure” on the judiciary and urged people to remain wary of such a party.

Referring to the Congress, Modi said the party which has ruled this country for the longest period has tried to influence the judiciary.

Addressing a gathering in the pilgrim town of Prayagraj, the new name of Allahabad, ahead of the Kumbh Mela beginning January 15, the prime minister said, “Beware of parties pretending to stand for democracy.”

Modi said the party has always tried to weaken the institution of judiciary and judicial system. “The party neither respects the law, nor the traditions,” Modi said.

He accused the Congress of weakening each and every democratic institution that refused to toe its line.

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