Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot Responds to PM Modi’s Mention of Rajasthan in Manipur Incident

Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot hit back at Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s reference to Rajasthan in his statement on the recent Manipur incident. Modi, while condemning the shocking incident in Manipur where two women were humiliated and assaulted, had made a mention of states like Rajasthan and Chhattisgarh in relation to law and order.

Gehlot, expressing his discontent, stated that PM Modi had hurt the self-respect of Rajasthan with his comments. He criticized the Prime Minister for merely mentioning the Manipur issue in his speech, without taking any concrete actions or holding meetings to assess the situation and control such incidents.

The Chief Minister also addressed Modi’s remark that the Manipur incident had put 140 crore Indians to shame. Gehlot countered by stating that the Indian population is not ashamed, but rather saddened by the actions and negligence of the Modi government. He criticized the delay in the Prime Minister addressing the issue, mentioning that it took 77 days and the Supreme Court’s intervention for Modi to finally speak about it briefly.

Regarding the opposition BJP’s criticism of his government on various matters, including law and order and paper leaks, Gehlot dismissed their accusations as baseless and aimed at spoiling the political atmosphere. He accused the BJP of being fearful of the decisions and accomplishments of the state government, leading them to resort to defamation tactics.

Responding to the BJP’s ‘Nahi Sahega Rajasthan’ campaign against the Congress government in the state, Gehlot asserted that the BJP had demonstrated their incompetence during their four-and-a-half years in power and that people are now expressing their unwillingness to tolerate the BJP.

He praised the Rajasthan Minimum Guaranteed Income Bill, 2023, which was recently passed in the assembly, calling it a historic step. Rajasthan has now become the first state to implement the minimum income guarantee scheme. Gehlot also reiterated the state’s demand for the Centre to introduce the social security act.

Refusing to comment on the decision to sack Rajendra Gudha, a minister in his government, Gehlot stated that it was an internal matter of the party. Gudha had been dismissed hours after he raised concerns about law and order in the assembly.

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