Cassian Baliarsingh

Launching a scathing attack on Congress over its ‘dictatorship’ and ‘undeclared emergency’ charges against BJP, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh recalled how he was arrested during the Emergency declared by the Indira Gandhi regime and was denied parole for his mother’s funeral.

The Defence Minister shared what real ‘dictatorship’ was and recalled being put behind bars for speaking against the Indira Gandhi government. Speaking to ANI, Singh said he was only 24 years old when the Emergency was imposed in June 1975.

“We used to agitate and tried to create awareness among the people how Emergency reflects a dictatorial tendency. I was newly-married and it was around midnight I was taken to jail. I was kept in solitary confinement,” Singh recalled.

Revealing further, Singh said, “I was being transferred from Mirzapur Jail to Naini Central Jail. My mother was there and told me not to apologise no matter whatever happens… hearing that policemen also started crying.”

Later, his mother suffered a brain haemorrhage after learning that he would have to stay in the jail for long as the Emergency was extended.

“She was in the hospital for 27 days and later died, but I wasn’t given parole. I got my head shaved in the jail. My brothers performed the last rites. Now, they make allegations of dictatorship against us,” Rajnath said as he tore apart the Congress and INDI alliance for their ‘dictatorship’ claims.

“They granted me parole months after my mother’s demise. But I was again sent to jail even before my parole had ended,” Rajnath added.