Nayani wants Emergency fighters honoured and given privileges

Dara Gopi

Amaravati: Telangana State Home Minister Nayani Narsimha Reddy has called upon the people to draw inspiration from the fighters of 1975 Emergency. Speaking at a meeting of those who fought against the Emergency and jailed, Narsimha Reddy said that Emergency was a fight for democracy. He wanted the governments to treat the Emergency fighters as freedom fighters.

Recalling how he fought against the Emergency and spent 18 months in jail, he said he would write to the Union government seeking recognition as freedom fighters for those who fought against the Emergency and were sent to jail. The benefits given to the freedom fighters should be extended to those who fought against the Emergency, he said.

AP Minister for Endowments, P Manikyala Rao, emphasized the need to include the 1975 Emergency in the text books. He wanted the Emergency heroes to be remembered and honoured as they had sacrificed their lives for the democratic rights of the people.

Former MP, Yalamanchili Sivaji, appealed to the Emergency fighters to hold a national level meet in Delhi and give representation to Prime Minister Narendra Modi on their sacrifices against Emergency. He recalled how he fought against Emergency and spent his days in jail.

Bharat Suraksha Samithi Andhra Pradesh president Vamaraju Satyamurthi was in the chair. Samithi Telangana unit president, Ashok Kumar Yadav, Tamil Nadu unit president Nandakumar, Assam unit president Govardhan Prasad and others spoke.

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