Accusing that Congress was responsible for delay in getting justice for construction of Ram temple at Ayodhya, Prime Minister Narendra Modi today said had wanted the court to put brakes on the case for the 2019 elections, created an “atmosphere of fear” for judges and threatened the Chief Justice with impeachment.
At a time Vishwa Hindu Parishad and other Hindu organisations are organising a big congregation at Ayodhya demanding the government to bring law paving way for construciton of the temple, Modi addressing an election rally in Alwar of Rajasthan accused the Congress of politicising the justice system.
“The Congress creates an atmosphere of fear for the judiciary. They tell the Supreme Court to delay the Ayodhya hearing due to 2019 elections. They do everything possible to impeach the Chief Justice. How can such things be accepted,” he added in what was seen as a reference to the opposition bid to start impeachment proceedings against former Chief Justice Dipak Misra earlier this year.
Launching the BJP’s poll campaign in Rajasthan, Modi sharply criticised the Congress for what he described as the party’s ‘jatiwadi mansikta’ (caste mentality). His criticism came two days after a video of Congress leader CP Joshi was circulated on social media in which he can be heard raising questions about the PM’s caste at an election rally in Nathdwara.
Modi said that the Congress was resorting to “jatiwaad ka zeher (the poison of caste)” since they had nothing to compare their achievements to that of the BJP government. The PM also dubbed the Congress as anti-Dalit and anti-backwards as he recounted the cases of Dalit atrocities in 2010 in Haryana’s Michipur village, in 2005 in Sonepat’s Sonaha and in 2000 in Karnataka, saying there were Congress governments in these states when these crimes occurred.