Chief Minister of Rajasthan Vasundhara Raje has admitted that recent crimes, including those by cow vigilantes, against minorities are bringing a bad name to the state. She also said that strict actions will be taken against those committing the violence.
“The law of the land prevails in Rajasthan, and the government will ensure the culprits are brought to book,” she said.
Her remarks come after the recent case of violence created by the cow vigilantes. Cow vigilantes had on April, lynched a 55-year-old cattle trader, Pehlu Khan, in Alwar and injured four of his companions. Khan later succumbed to injuries.
Soon after this unfortunate incident, another case surfaced from the same state where Sikh men were allegedly being thrashed by villagers in Ajmer.
“Rajasthan cannot be singled out. Such incidents are happening across India. But this government will not tolerate such crimes as it shows the state in a bad light,” Raje said. She said that the government has taken swift actions in case of Pehlu Khan case by arresting the convicts.
“We do not discriminate among people on any lines. In less than a week, the accused in the honour killing of a Kerala engineer were arrested and a thorough inquiry was also ordered into the Ajmer incident”, she added.
She further added that the centre and the state were spontaneously working for the people, claiming that her party, the BJP, was “likewise an active organisation”. She said that the state has seen a rapid growth in every sector in the past four years which will be one of the important factors leading to BJP’s victory in the polls.
Raje said, adding that the BJP government had “inherited discoms crippled by debts running into crores of rupees from the erstwhile Congress government.”
Speaking about the coordination between the Centre and the state, Raje said, “Rajasthan’s road network by 2018 will be of 30,000 km. The state has already constructed 21,000 km of roads since the BJP formed the government in the state.”