Dailybhaskar.com | Last Modified - Mar 16, 2013, 08:48 AM IST
Ahmedabad: Opponents of Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi accuse him of running one-way-traffic in the State. Some even call him Hitler of the state. Ironically, the so-called control freak once had played an important role in achieving democratic freedom in the country.
The emergency clamped by then Prime Minister Indira Gandhi led to massive violation of democratic rights. All the political opponents like George Fernandes, Atal Bihari Vajpayee, Lal Krishna Advani were taken in custody by the prime minister. Narendra Modi, then, was an ardent follower of the Rashtriya Swayamsewak Sangh(RSS) and was actively participating in the movement against the oppression under Jai Prakash Narayan.
Modi’s audacious political activism had inspired a man hunt against him, forcing him to wear the disguise of a Sikh to avoid being arrested. He remained so a long time so that he was not arrested like many of the Jan Sangh leaders.
The biggest irony is that his style of rule and firm grip on the government resembles much like Indira Gandhi at the Center.