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Supreme Court faceoff: Govt must stay away, says PM Narendra Modi

Prime Minister Narendra Modi said that the government and political parties must stay out of the issue and that the judiciary is capable of resolving its problems.

By: Express News Service | New Delhi | Updated: January 22, 2018 6:45 am
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In his first public remarks on the unprecedented faceoff between the Chief Justice of India and the four most senior judges of the Supreme Court, Prime Minister Narendra Modi Sunday said that the government and political parties must stay out of the issue and that the judiciary is capable of resolving its problems.

Main manta hun mujhe is poore vivad se khud ko door rakhna chahiye. Sarkar ne bhi door rahna chahiye. Desh ke rajneetik dalon ne bhi door rahna chahiye. Hamare desh ki judiciary ka bahut hi ujjwal itihaas hai. Weh bahut hi saksham log hain. Woh mil-baith karke apne samasyaon ko samjhenge, samadhan karenge. Aur mujhe hamari is nyay pratha-pranali par bharosa hai. Zaroor koi na koi rasta nikalenge,” Modi said in an interview to Times Now news channel. (“I believe I should stay away from this whole controversy. The government must also stay away. Political parties must also keep out of it. Our country’s judiciary has a very bright past. They are very capable people. They will sit together, understand their problems and find a solution. I have faith in our justice system. They will certainly find a solution.”)

The government has been largely silent on the turmoil in the Supreme Court, brought out in the open by an unprecedented press conference on January 12 by Justices Jasti Chelameswar, Ranjan Gogoi, Madan B Lokur and Kurian Joseph, who questioned the conduct of CJI Justice Dipak Misra, especially over allocation of cases. Since then, the CJI has met the four judges, but they are yet to arrive at a solution.

In the interview, the Prime Minister also indicated that the next Union Budget may not be populist, saying it’s a “myth” that the common man expects freebies and sops from the government.

“The common man expects honesty, he expects to get what he deserves. He doesn’t demand sops and freebies. It is our myth. And I trust the common man of the country. We run the government, take decision to fulfil their need and aspirations. And we are tackling obstacles and marching ahead,” Modi said.

The Prime Minister also rejected the Opposition charge that jobs are not being created and asserted that the government was open to changes in the GST to make it a more efficient ‘one-nation-one-tax’ system.

Replying to a question on his slogan of a Congress-free India, the Prime Minister said it was not aimed at eliminating the main Opposition party politically but ridding the country of the “culture”.

“When I talk of a Congress-free India, I am talking of that culture. Even if a politician is going in an aeroplane, people cringe. How did this happen, when there are politicians who work for over 18-20 hours for the benefit of people? It’s not in just one party, it is in every party. But still that is the perception of people… So the term ‘Congress-mukt Bharat’, which I have coined, is to put an end to that culture. I would accept even now, even the Congress needs to be Congress-mukt and other parties also need to prevent themselves from slipping into that culture. I am not talking about a particular group or party here, I am talking about that culture,” Modi said.

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  1. Jigsaw Kemerton
    Jan 22, 2018 at 11:48 am
    Your government, Gaylord Modi, stirred the whole S_H_I_T from behind. Now you're assuming a fake moral tone. Go hang yourself. Sick b_a_s_t_a_r_d.
    1. G
      G. Ranga Chary
      Jan 22, 2018 at 11:24 am
      Good the PM came out with a clarification on his Congress Mukth Bharat slogan, stating that it doesn't mean to eliminate Congress party but it means the culture of people cringing when a politician goes in a plane. He further clarifies that this culture is common for all political parties. Now let us hope our PM tries to see that BJP party comes out of this cringing culture and sets an example for others.
      1. Ashok Chakravarty
        Jan 22, 2018 at 10:40 am
        Sometimes I get confused-to believe the statesman PM act he put on in the Times Now channel, or the petty politician narrative which the PM demonstrates in his political campaign speeches. In the Times Now interview he claimed Pakistan is not his sole foreign policy objective. But in poll after poll he and his party chief use the Pakistan card extensively , and this communication strategy is one of the prominent bedrocks of his political career, ranging from : Miyan musharrf, Sir Creek, Manmohan Singh is conspiring with Pakistan to make Ahmed Patel CM if BJP loses crackers will be burst in Pakistan, go to Pakistan if you can't say Vande Mataram, surgical strike against Pakistan has happened for the first in history of India....does the PM really mean what he says and says what he means. ?
        1. J
          Jan 22, 2018 at 10:48 am
          Sir, rarely does one comes across comments like yours. Salutations. mr. modi tells something does the opposite like many Indians. Jai Hind. While on the subject, for publicity sake, I invite you Sir, to watch my video - Homage to Pandit Nehru by p g joseph - in . Thank you, Sir.
        2. J
          Jan 22, 2018 at 10:40 am
          Government may stay away! But law shall catch hold of Amit Shah and you mr. modi too shall be affected because of your close connection/nexus with Amit Shah! Jai Hind.
          1. S
            Jan 22, 2018 at 7:04 am
            Kyaa PM Sir...Now all can see Amit Shah Saved after murder of Justice Loya, so Govt will stay away from this..Mazaak krte ho aap bhi..!!
            1. Michelle:: Vedic::human
              Jan 22, 2018 at 7:19 am
              Tum log Sab chootiya ke aulad,---har cheez Majak lagte,---when sir MODIJI talks in favour of CJI than you say he is doing a bribery,----when sir MODIJI talks against than you say he's secular,----when say sir MODIJI talks neutral than you say he is bribing and secularising for vote bank at the same time,---- tum Sab BDADWE HEIN,------a-s-S h0les,----Jai hind.
              1. mtv
                Jan 22, 2018 at 7:31 am
                Your language represents your culture and the leaders and party you support. How can people expect something good will come out of the leaders and party you support?
                1. Michelle:: Vedic::human
                  Jan 22, 2018 at 10:28 am
                  MTV,---when people like SHAFI,---a son of a convert,---makes a comment which makes no sense,---that that's what Yu expact,----Jai hind.
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