Questioning the Ashok Gehlot government’s performance in law and order, Prime Minister Narendra Modi today invoked the gruesome murder of a tailor in Udaipur in 2022. “What happened in Udaipur, could anyone have even imagined that something like this could happen? People came to get clothes stitched and then slit their throats and shared a video of the act,” the Prime Minister said, referring to the killing of Kanhaiya Lal, a tailor, at his shop in Udaipur in July last year.
The tailor had received threats for supporting Nupur Sharma, a former BJP spokesperson who was sacked by the party after her comments on Prophet Muhammad sparked a huge row. On June 28 last year, Gos Mohammad and Riyaz visited Kanhaiya Lal’s shop as customers. They killed him there, recorded a video rejoicing over the gruesome crime, and shared it online.
The Prime Minister was addressing a gathering in Chittorgarh this afternoon after laying the foundation stone for projects worth Rs 7,000 crore in the election-dependent state.
The Congress had formed the government in Rajasthan by “misleading” people but failed to run it properly as Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot was “busy saving his seat”, he said. The comment was a swipe at the infighting between the rival Congress camps led by Ashok Gehlot and Sachin Pilot, whose rebellion almost toppled the state government in 2020.
The Prime Minister said Gehlot had already accepted defeat. “Gehlot has accepted defeat and requests BJP not to stop the plans. I assure that no public plan will be stopped. BJP will not stop any public scheme but try to improve it, this is Modi’s guarantee,” he said.
Speaking at a rally last week, Mr Gehlot said the Prime Minister had said that the Prime Minister must ensure that the Congress government’s plans will not be halted if the BJP comes to power in the polls later this year.
The Prime Minister also responded to the buzz surrounding the BJP’s face for the Assembly elections. The BJP’s Rajasthan unit has rival camps led by veterans like Vasundhara Raje and Gajendra Singh Shekhawat, and the question is whether the central leadership will choose a leader in the run-up to the elections and how it will tackle infighting in its drive for victory.
Ruling out any plan to announce a chief minister’s face before the elections, the Prime Minister said, “Kamal (BJP symbol lotus) is our face, Kamal is our candidate. We will let Kamal win.”
The remarks can also be seen as a message to all chief ministerial aspirants, who have now started to shore up support to boost their chances of getting the top position if the BJP comes to power.
In a fresh attack on the Ashok Gehlot government over the law and order issue, the Prime Minister has raised the issue of crimes against women in Rajasthan. “I feel pain when atrocities take place against daughters anywhere in the country, but the Congress has made it a tradition in Rajasthan,” the Prime Minister said.
The Prime Minister also raised the Rajasthan paper leak case of alleged corruption in the state government job exams. “We will get to the bottom of the paper leak issue, action will be taken against those who committed corruption and looted money from poor people,” he said.