Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot has accused the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) of being involved in the murder of Udaipur tailor Kanhaiya Lal Teli.
Gehlot claims that the killers of the tailor were linked to the BJP and that the party was trying to create communal tension ahead of the upcoming Assembly elections in the state.
This accusation has stirred up a political storm in Rajasthan, with both the BJP and Congress trading barbs.
Kanhaiya Lal, a well-known tailor in Udaipur, was brutally murdered inside his shop on June 28 last year.
The reason behind his murder was allegedly his online content in support of suspended BJP leader Nupur Sharma.
This incident occurred shortly after Sharma’s suspension from the party due to an alleged rant against the Prophet.
Lal’s murder sent shockwaves across the country and sparked widespread public outrage.
The Allegation Against the BJP
Chief Minister Gehlot has claimed that the killers of Kanhaiya Lal Teli had links to the BJP.
He stated that the party was trying to exploit the situation to create communal tension and gain political mileage ahead of the November 25 Assembly elections in Rajasthan.
Gehlot further asserted that if the Special Operations Group (SOG) of the Rajasthan Police had handled the case instead of the National Investigation Agency (NIA), the investigation would have reached a logical conclusion by now.
Gehlot expressed his dissatisfaction with the progress of the investigation carried out by the NIA.
He stated that if the state’s own SOG had pursued the case, the culprits would have been brought to justice much sooner.
The Chief Minister raised concerns about the actions taken by the NIA and questioned the lack of updates in the case.
BJP Leaders’ Visit to the Police Station
Gehlot highlighted a disturbing incident involving BJP leaders and the accused assailants. He claimed that days before the murder, the assailants were arrested in another case by the police.
However, BJP leaders allegedly intervened and visited the police station to secure their release. Gehlot’s accusation suggests a collusion between the BJP and the assailants, further implicating the party in the murder.
The accusation made by Ashok Gehlot has escalated the already intense political rivalry between the BJP and Congress in Rajasthan.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi, during an election rally in Chittorgarh, accused the Gehlot-led Congress government of playing “vote-bank politics” in the Kanhaiya Lal murder case.
PM Modi questioned the actions taken by the Congress and accused them of using the case for political gain.
The Road to Elections
Rajasthan is set to go to the polls on November 25, with the counting of votes scheduled for December 3.
The political atmosphere in the state is tense, with both parties engaged in a fierce battle for power.
The murder of Kanhaiya Lal Teli, along with the accusations and counter-accusations, has further intensified the electoral contest.
The accusation made by Ashok Gehlot against the BJP in the murder case of Udaipur tailor Kanhaiya Lal Teli has added a new dimension to the political landscape in Rajasthan.
The Chief Minister’s claim of the killers having links to the BJP has sparked a heated debate between the ruling Congress party and its main opposition, the BJP.
As the state gears up for the Assembly elections, the investigation into the murder and the involvement of political parties will be closely watched by the public.