Hyderabad: Emergency "disastrously" gave "democratic credentials" to RSS by bringing it into the mainstream of Indian politics, senior Congress leader Jairam Ramesh has said, terming its imposition as a "wrong" move by the then Prime Minister Indira Gandhi.
Ramesh said his personal view is that Emergency brought disrepute to the Congress for having "killed" Parliamentary democracy and gave democratic credentials to people like Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Union Minister Arun Jaitley "who are not natural democrats".
"What Emergency did disastrously for Indian politics was to bring the RSS into the mainstream of Indian politics. And the Emergency gave democratic credentials to people like Mr Modi and Mr Jaitley who are not natural democrats," the former Union Minister told PTI.
"The most intolerant of people namely the BJP acquired democratic credentials because of the Emergency," he said.
Ramesh said it was the "Nehruvian influence" that finally goaded Gandhi to order elections and respect the people's verdict.
"Ultimately, verdict on Emergency was given by Mrs Gandhi herself by calling for elections in early 1977 and she respected the verdict of the people.
"So, ultimately, I think Nehru's daughter prevailed; ultimately the Nehruvian influence on Mrs Gandhi prevailed and she realised that she had to call for elections," Ramesh said.