Right to live was lost in emergency: Arun Jaitley

New Delhi: Finance Minister Arun Jaitley yesterday took on the Congress, saying those who imposed Emergency rule in the country and “snatched” the fundamental rights of the people were now talking about constitutional principles.

Arun Jaitley
Arun Jaitley

“Fundamental rights were snatched during the Emergency. The government convinced the Supreme Court that during Emergency people lose the right to life and liberty provided under Article 21 (of the constitution),” the BJP leader said in the Rajya Sabha.

“After the Emergency, Article 21 was made non-suspendable, which means we are far more safe today. People who supported the Emergency are now talking about constitutionality. People lost the right to live during the Emergency,” he said, adding it was the “greatest challenge to democracy”.

He said: “A constitution and its provisions were used to subvert democracy during the Third Reich in Germany. You imposed Emergency, detained opposition leaders, censored newspapers, and brought into force a 25-point economic programme.”

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