Ashok Gehlot: Prime Minister should talk about violence, not tolerance

Stating that there is no “tolerance” in the country today, Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot on Saturday urged Prime Minister Narendra Modi to speak out against violence and end the prevailing “tension (tanav)” and “anxiety (chinta)”.

Gehlot was speaking at the All India Legal Services Authorities Meet organized by the National Legal Services Authority (NALSA), which was attended by Union Law and Justice Minister Kiren Rijiju and Chief Justice of India NV Ramana.

“Tolerance used to be an ornament of democracy, but today it is not,” says Gehlot. Asking Rijiju to convey his thoughts to Modi, Gehlot said: “Hum bar bar keh rahe hai ki aaj desh mein tanav hai, hins ka mahal hai, yeh na hona chahiye… Kya Pradhan Mantriji ko yeh na kehana chahiye, ki desharake. , Prem Mohabbat, Sadbhavna Rehni Chahiye Or Men Kisi Kimat Par Hingsa Ko Bardasht Na Karinga. Aaj mahal aisa ban gaya hai desh ke andar ki chinta pada kar raha hai. Oh I want the thought to end. (We are repeatedly saying that the atmosphere of tension, violence in the country today, should not be like this… Shouldn’t the Prime Minister say that there should be brotherhood, love and goodwill in the country and that he will not tolerate violence? At any cost? The situation in the country today is a matter of concern. , that should put an end to that worry.

Referring to an open letter written to the CJI by a group of retired judges, bureaucrats and armed forces officers criticizing the Supreme Court’s observations on former BJP spokesperson Nupur Sharma, Gehlot said: “It is our duty to respect the judiciary… 116 people were field-level, retired judges. And the senior officers… how was it managed, who managed it? It was made an issue…of the Supreme Court judges expressing their views on the situation in the country.”

On July 1, hearing Sharma’s plea to consolidate multiple FIRs against him in various states for his comments on the Prophet, a Supreme Court bench of Justices Surya Kant and JB Pardiwala reprimanded him, saying he had a “loose tongue” and was “for what is happening in the country. solely responsible”. The open letter to the CJI said the judges’ observations were “unfortunate and unprecedented”.

Gehlot also questioned the post-retirement practice of bureaucrats and judges. He said former CJI Ranjan Gogoi was one of the four Supreme Court judges who said democracy was under threat, but he took a Rajya Sabha seat after his retirement. Expressing concern over the post-retirement status of judges and bureaucrats, he said the situation was “very serious”.

Gehlot expressed concern over attempts to “bring down” elected governments and cited examples of Maharashtra, Goa, Manipur, Karnataka and Madhya Pradesh.

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