scorecardresearch
Follow Us:
Monday, August 15, 2022

Ashok Gehlot: No tolerance, PM must speak out on violence

Gehlot was speaking at the All India Legal Services Authorities’ Meet, organised by the National Legal Services Authority (NALSA), where Union Minister of Law and Justice Kiren Rijiju and Chief Justice of India N V Ramana were among those present.

Written by Deep Mukherjee | Jaipur |
Updated: July 18, 2022 6:48:41 am
Jaipur, Jaipur News, Rajasthan, Rajasthan news, Ashok Gehlot, Kiren Rijiju, N V Ramana, Narendra Modi, Indian Express, India news, current affairs, Indian Express News Service, Express News Service, Express News, Indian Express India NewsRajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot (PTI Photo/File)

Saying 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 (tanaav)” and “concern (chinta)”.

Gehlot was speaking at the All India Legal Services Authorities’ Meet, organised by the National Legal Services Authority (NALSA), where Union Minister of Law and Justice Kiren Rijiju and Chief Justice of India N V Ramana were among those present.

“Tolerance is like the ornament of democracy, but it is not there today,” said Gehlot. Asking Rijiju to convey his thoughts to Modi, Gehlot said: “Hum baar baar keh rahe hain ki aaj desh mein tanav hai, hinsa ka mahaul hai, yeh nahin hona chahiye… Kya Pradhan Mantriji ko yeh nahin kehna chahiye, ki desh ke andar bhaichara, prem mohabbat, sadbhavna rehni chahiye aur main kissi kimat par hinsa ko bardasht nahin karunga. Aaj mahaul aisa ban gaya hai desh ke andar ki chinta paida kar raha hai. Woh chinta samapt honi chahiye. (We are repeatedly saying that there is tension in the country today, an environment of violence, this should not happen… 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? Today, the situation in the country is such that it is a matter of concern. That concern should end.”

Referring to the open letter written to the CJI by a group of retired judges, bureaucrats and armed forces officers, criticising the Supreme Court’s observations on former BJP spokesperson Nupur Sharma, Gehlot said: “It is our duty to respect the judiciary… 116 people were fielded, retired judges and senior officials… How was it managed, who managed it? It was made an issue… The Supreme Court judges had expressed their opinion on the situation in the country.”

Subscriber Only Stories
UPSC Key-August 15, 2022: Why you should read ‘Khongjom war’ or ‘Vision I...Premium
C Raja Mohan writes: Diplomacy for Viksit BharatPremium
UPSC Essentials: Key terms of the past week with MCQsPremium
ExplainSpeaking | India at 75: 11 charts to understand how far India has ...Premium

On July 1, hearing Sharma’s plea seeking clubbing of the multiple FIRs against her in different states for her remarks on the Prophet, a Supreme Court bench of Justices Surya Kant and J B Pardiwala had reprimanded her, saying she has a “loose tongue” and was “single-handedly responsible for what is happening in the country”. The open letter to the CJI had said the judges’ observations were “unfortunate and unprecedented”.

Gehlot also questioned the practice of bureaucrats and judges accepting posts after retirement. He said former CJI Ranjan Gogoi was one of the four Supreme Court judges who had said democracy is in danger, but he accepted a Rajya Sabha seat post-retirement. Expressing concern over judges and bureaucrats worrying about their post-retirement positions, he said the situation is “very serious”.

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

📣 Join our Telegram channel (The Indian Express) for the latest news and updates

For all the latest Jaipur News, download Indian Express App.

  • Newsguard
  • The Indian Express website has been rated GREEN for its credibility and trustworthiness by Newsguard, a global service that rates news sources for their journalistic standards.
  • Newsguard
First published on: 17-07-2022 at 04:37:17 am

Featured Stories

Advertisement
Advertisement
Advertisement
Advertisement