In a stunning admission, senior Congress leader Ahmed Patel termed the emergency of 1975, which was imposed by the then Prime Minister Indira Gandhi, as the 'dark patch'. Mr. Patel was heading a campaign in Rajasthan ahead of the assembly elections in the state. In an attempt to target Modi government, Ahmed Patel said:
"I should accept, that the two dark patches post independence have been emergency and undeclared emergency after 2014. We apologised, Indira ji apoligised and committed that such a mistake will not happen in the future. But what about the undeclared emergency?"
Earlier, ahead of the Rajasthan assembly elections, another controversy triggered for the Congress party after a video of a party leader came into limelight in which she can be heard saying that 'use any means to win the elections'. Congress leader Safiya Zubair Khan was addressing a gathering in Ramgarh district in poll-bound Rajasthan on November 26, from where a video was accessed by Republic TV, in which she was talking about using any tactics in order to win the elections.
Here's what she said:
"Just remember, our polling should be the highest. It is the question of my respect and of your respect. Saam, Daam, Dand, Bhed (no matter what happens, it does not matter) Do whatever you can do, to win the elections. We will win the elections from here and every other region by God's will."
Republic TV had accessed another highly controversial video that showed the Congress resolving to use the Muslim card.
The video involved senior Congress leader and Lok Sabha MP Kamal Nath addressing a behind-closed-doors meeting of Muslim leaders, strategising for the elections to come. In the shocking clip, in which Kamal Nath is both visible and audible, speaking from behind his desk, makes a number of admissions. From declaring the tribal vote unimportant to his party, to announcing that he is unconcerned whether those who contest for the Congress have cases pending against them, to the most shocking confession -- That unless 90% of Muslim voters don't support the Congress, the party is finished.
Elections in Rajasthan are bound to take place on December 7 in a single phase. The counting of the votes will take place on December 11.
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