Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot Saturday expressed concern over elected governments being “toppled by horse-trading”, telling Supreme Court docket and HC judges at an occasion in Jaipur they might “have met another chief minister right this moment” had his authorities not in some way overcome the 2020 disaster.
“It was a matter of touch-and-go,” he mentioned, in an apparent reference to the existential menace his authorities confronted in 2020 as a result of a rebel led by his then deputy Sachin Pilot.
Chief Minister Gehlot has since alleged that BJP chief and Union minister Gajendra Singh Shekhawat was additionally behind the try to topple the Congress authorities.
“I do not know the way my authorities survived. I’d not have been standing earlier than you right this moment. You’d have met another chief minister right this moment. It was a matter of touch-and-go,” he mentioned.
The chief minister additionally mentioned the state of affairs within the nation is worrisome as elected governments are being “toppled by horse-trading”.
“State governments are being overthrown. Goa, Manipur, Karnataka, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra. This ‘Tamasha’ is happening. Is there democracy if elected governments are overthrown by horse-trading,” he mentioned.
On the occasion, he additionally deprecated assaults on Supreme Court docket justices over their observations in opposition to suspended BJP spokesperson Nupur Sharma for her remarks on Prophet Mohammad, saying an “subject” was created when the 2 judges expressed their views.
He was referring to the observations made by a Supreme Court docket bench of Justice J B Pardiwala and Justice Surya Kant which had on July 1 rebuked MS Sharma for her “disturbing” remarks in opposition to the Prophet Mohammad.
The bench had mentioned Ms Sharma’s remarks led to unlucky incidents and ignited feelings throughout the nation.
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