ITANAGAR, Jun 25: The BJP here observed 'Black Day' across various districts and mandal levels to mark the 49th anniversary of the emergency imposed in 1975 by prime minister Indira Gandhi's Congress government.

The event, organised by the state BJP Yuwa Morcha at the BJP headquarters in Itanagar, saw attendance from key party figures including IPR minister Nyato Dukum, vice-president & minister Ojing Tasing, state BJP vice-president Tarh Tarak, state BJP general secretary Tadar Niglar, MLA Tai Nikio, and other office bearers and party karyakartas.

Tarak, while appreciating the Yuwa Morcha for organising the event, emphasised the importance of remembering the Emergency period. He called for the annual observance of 'Black Day' to raise awareness about the historical event. He also congratulated chief minister Pema Khandu for his electoral victory and his third term in office, highlighting the public's faith in his leadership and the state’s developmental achievements.

Dukum spoke about the significance of the day, recalling the severe curtailment of civil liberties during the 21-month period of the Emergency. He expressed his belief in the BJP's long-term governance to prevent any future imposition of such measures.

Tasing provided a detailed account of the national emergency, describing it as one of the darkest days in India’s democratic history, attributing it to internal conflicts within the Congress party.

Niglar emphasized the need to remember the Emergency and ensure such political coercion never happens again. He criticized the Congress party for the harsh measures taken during the Emergency, including the forced sterilization of over 60 lakh people.

The event concluded with the burning of effigies of Indira Gandhi in front of the state BJP headquarters in Itanagar by party karyakartas.