BJP instigating civil war: CM Gehlot

Jaipur: Claiming that the leaders of BJP were instigating a civil war in the country as the saffron party was trying to weaken democracy, Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot made several scathing attacks at the saffron party on Thursday while replying to a debate on Motion of Thanks on the Governor’s speech in the assembly.

“People of the ruling party at the Centre are provoking a civil war. Where the country is heading?” he said.

He criticised controversial slogans like “desh ke gaddaron ko” raised during the BJP’s campaign in Delhi.

Referring to the BJP’s criticism of a peace march which he took out against the Citizenship (Amendment) Act in December last year, Gehlot added, “Here (in Rajasthan) also, it was said that chief minister was spreading anarchy,” and added that in Uttar Pradesh, 15 were killed in violence during anti-CAA protests while citing UP Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath’s controversial remark that his government would take “revenge” from those who indulged in violence during the anti-CAA protests.

He asked if Prime Minister Narendra Modi or Union Home Minister Amit Shah had opposed Adityanath’s remarks?
“Did they say he was not following ‘Raj dharma’,” Gehlot questioned, referring to a remark made by former prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee on Gujarat riots when Modi was the chief minister of that state.

Gehlot then opened another front on the central government over the current situation of economy and said while expressing concern, “Economy is in the ICU and economists have also agreed on this, but the BJP government at the Centre is trying to hide its failure. Rajasthan’s share of fund was slashed by Rs 17,000 crore by the Centre.”

Taking note of the work done by his government, the chief minister said, “Recruitment for 34,243 posts has been done, recruitment process for 34,527 posts is going on and notifications for recruitment on 45,773 posts have been issued.” He further added that the Congress government in the state engaged 30 lakh people under the MGNREGA scheme in one year. “The former UPA government brought the Right to Information (RTI) Act, but the Centre diluted it. The budget of MGNREGA is being decreased. It was a revolutionary decision to bring MGNGREA but it is being politicized now,” Gehlot claimed.

Talking about the recent locust attack in the state, he said the department dealing with it comes under the Centre but the Congress government is also doing everything possible to help those affected.

Moreover, on the law and order issue raised by the Opposition, the chief minister said the state government’s decision to get FIRs registered with SP offices in case local police station refuses to file the case had a good impact and more FIRs were being registered in police stations. “SHOs know that a complaint will be filed against them if they refuse to register an FIR,” he said.

The chief minister said his government’s priority will now be the Eastern Rajasthan Canal Project (ERCP), which is aimed at providing water to 13 districts of the state. After the chief minister’s reply, the Motion of Thanks was passed by voice-vote.