In a press statement, BSP chief Mayawati said, “The statement of the ruling party president is condemnable and irresponsible. Such irresponsible remarks from the president of the party ruling at the Centre shows that democracy of the country is in danger.”
Addressing a gathering in Kannur, Kerala, on Saturday, Shah said courts should not give “impractical” directions and should pass orders that can be implemented.
Mayawati said Shah’s speech was “provocative, unparliamentary and unconstitutional” and added that the BJP president wants to make political use of religion in the upcoming assembly elections in Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh and Rajasthan. “That is inappropriate,” she said, adding that the court should take cognizance.
“If the BJP is not satisfied with the Supreme Court decision allowing women’s entry into the (Sabarimala) temple, they should explore legal options and not create chaos on roads or threaten to dismiss elected government of Kerala,” Mayawati said.
The Congress also criticised Shah’s remarks, saying the ruling party’s goal was to first weaken and then finish institutions. Congress spokesperson Abhishek Manu Singhvi said Shah’s remarks “insult intelligence of the institution and the electorate”.
“It is the goal of the BJP to first weaken institutions and then finish them… there is a long list, be it CBI, EC, CVC and the CIC…” Singhvi said. He said the BJP has been “decimating” and “diluting” institutions to further its interests.
AAP chief and Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal tweeted, “Amit Shah actively encouraging people to violate SC orders… Hopefully, SC will take cognizance.”
RJD national spokesperson and Rajya Sabha member Manoj Kumar Jha tweeted that Shah’s remarks were a threat to the Supreme Court. “Dear fellow citizens! Keep this statement in mind… the threat is brazen and is directed at none but #Honourable Supreme Court.. Sad days ahead!”