Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot on Sunday criticised the Centre for being stubborn and not listening to anyone, including the Opposition. The chief minister said that the Centre comprises people who are determined to rule India without bothering to hear anyone while asserting that there should be a place for dissent in a democracy.
Gehlot said this after hoising the flag on Independence Day in Jaipur’s Sawai Man Singh Stadium. “There is a place for dissent in a democracy. It must be there. When they were in the Opposition, they criticised us, leading to the resignations of the then railway minister, law minister and various chief ministers,” he said.
हुकूमत में आना अलग बात है, पर उनको चाहिए संविधान की मूलभावना जब आप शपथ लेते हो, तो उसके शब्दों के अंदर क्या भाव निकलते हैं, वैसी ही आपकी सोच,वैसा ही आपका आचरण, वैसे ही आपके फैसले,वैसा ही आपका व्यवहार होना चाहिए, वो है कि नहीं है ये देश देख रहा है। शपथ की अपनी एक sanctity होती है। pic.twitter.com/LZAYTyqqiX
— Ashok Gehlot (@ashokgehlot51) August 15, 2021
Gehlot attacks PM Modi
While talking to reporters, Gehlot also accused Prime Minister Narendra Modi of being the “sole PM in the last 75 years who hesitates in taking the name of former PM Jawaharlal Nehru”.
“I regret that PM Modi feels shy of speaking even two words about the first PM. With these people having such an attitude, one can understand where will they take the country to,” Gehlot said.
The chief minister also accused the Centre of keeping various democratic institutions and investigative agencies, including the judiciary, Income Tax Department, CBI and ED under its pressure and misusing them for political purposes. “They start raids in states immediately before elections,” said Gehlot, adding raids by investigative agencies and electioneering by political parties have never happened together.
BJP takes a dig at Rajasthan CM
The chief minister’s remark prompted Rajasthan’s BJP president Satish Poonia to take a dig at Gehlot and other Congress leaders. “Gehlot is the first chief minister who proudly says he did not venture out of his home during the Covid pandemic,” said Poonia.
In the year 2023, the people of Rajasthan will end this and “quarantine” Congress out of power, he asserted. He said the emergency was the biggest struggle in this country after independence and everyone knows who imposed it, he added. “They talk about democracy. Either they do not know the history or are deliberately ignoring it,” Poonia said.
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