In a big remark that comes during the ongoing Lok Sabha elections, Congress chief Rahul Gandhi on Monday apologised for former Prime Minister Indira Gandhi's decision to impose Emergency in the nation in 1975.
In an exclusive interview to News Nation, Rahul admitted that imposing Emergency was a big mistake and even Indira Gandhi had apologised for it.
The big admission comes amid the BJP's continous attack on the Congress over the Emergency and Operation Blue Star during India Gandhi's tenure as prime minister.
The Emergency was imposed on this day in 1975 by the then Congress government led by Indira Gandhi. The imposition of the Emergency had then evoked a nationwide outrage and triggered a mass movement which forced Gandhi to lift it in 1977.
Rahul also criticised Congress Overseas head Sam Pitroda for his "hua toh hua remarks" on the 1984 anti-Sikh riots and said that he had asked the latter to apologise for what he said.
The Gandhi scion further launched a scathing attack on Prime Minister Narendra Modi over the Rafale fighter jet deal. Rahul said while he apologised for attributing his "chowkidar chor hai" jibe to the Supreme Court verdict, he is still firm on his claim that there has been "chori" in the fighter jet deal.
"I apologised for saying "chowkidar chor hai" in relation to the Supreme Court order, but I have never apologised for the fact that there has been "chori" in the Rafale deal," Rahul said.
On a question that will be shown when Rahul Gandhi's Full Interview to News Nation is aired at 9 pm on Monday, the Congress chief seemed upset and asked Deepak Chaurasia and Ajay Kumar to edit that part if they felt "nervous".
He also said that the BJP gifted him "hatred" but he denied taking it. He added that the RSS speaks without thinking. "RSS is an instrument of adverstiment, it does not think but only speaks. It is an amplifier," he said.
The complete interview of Rahul Gandhi with News Nation will be aired at 9 pm tonight. Viewers can also watch the interview on News Nation Live TV and YouTube.