Rajasthan chief minister Ashok Gehlot on Wednesday claimed that the Union Home Ministry orders the filing of cases against the leaders of opposition parties and then monitors these cases.
Ashok Gehlot also claimed that the home ministry has set up a system to monitor cases against opposition parties while raising the issue of Delhi police going to Congress leader Rahul Gandhi’s doorstep earlier this month over a remark he made in Srinagar during his Bharat Jodo Yatra.
The Congress veteran said after Rahul Gandhi was disqualified last week as a Lok Sabha member following the Surat court’s conviction in a criminal defamation case and sentencing him to two years jail term.
On March 19, a Delhi Police team questioned Rahul Gandhi at his residence over his “women are still being sexually assaulted” remark and asked him to provide information about the “victims” to take up their complaints.
“They sent police at Rahul Gandhi’s doorsteps…They were not the police of Jammu and Kashmir, Rajasthan or Madhya Pradesh, but Delhi police registered a case against him for whatever he said in public interest during his speech and went to his house to question him for his remarks, “Gehlot said. Gandhi sought a few days to respond, but they were not ready to wait, he said.
“The home ministry is monitoring cases going on against the opposition parties across the country. There are not only orders to register cases, but they are also being monitored. There is a monitoring system in place. And when it is monitored, whether it is the police commissioner, DGP (Director General of Police), collector, whoever, they have to proceed (to take action),” he said.
Congress leader Ashok Gehlot further said that whether it is the Income Tax department, the Enforcement Directorate (ED), the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI), the judiciary or the Election Commission, they all face the same plight. He added, “This is not a political language, but I am saying this with my experience.”
Ashok Gehlot accused the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) of destroying the rule of law.
“Is there any rule of law left in the country? Unless every single citizen becomes concerned about this, political parties alone cannot do anything. If people support, then there will be a revolution and the government will understand,” he said.
Dubbing Prime Minister Narendra Modi “arrogant” for turning a deaf ear to whatever issues Rahul Gandhi raises, Ashok Gehlot asked whether the former should not be concerned about the issues being raised by the Congress leader.
He accused the BJP of playing the Other Backward Classes (OBC) card over Gandhi’s “Modi surname” remark and also alleged that PM Modi was himself insulting the community.
The Rajasthan Chief Minister stated that PM Modi thinks he can resolve the controversial Adani issue by avoiding a debate in Parliament, which is incorrect. In response to the BJP’s claims that Gandhi insulted the nation in his speeches abroad, Gehlot stated that the former Congress president only raised issues that he had previously raised in the country.
“He said the same thing during the Bharat Jodo Yatra, the main issue being that democracy is being murdered, it is in danger. But to mislead people, the BJP brings the issue of OBC and country’s honour,” he alleged.
Gehlot also questioned the prime minister on why he had not established a Joint Parliamentary Committee (JPC) on the Adani issue.
“Setting up a JPC will not harm either Modiji or Adani. It will harm them only when they have committed a mistake. If you think you are true, then set up the JPC. The country is concerned about the way it is being fooled,” he said. He said that by not setting up the JPC, the country is not getting to know the truth.
“If the country does not know who is right and who is wrong, then people will not be able to decide when the time comes. We keep shouting, and not getting a reply. Is this democracy?” he asked.
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