Raj dharma: Kapil Sibal remembers Vajpayee’s advice to Narendra Modi after govt hits back at Congress

Prime News, National (New Delhi), February 29:-The Congress has responded to the government’s advice asking it to avoid moral lectures with a trip down memory lane — specifically, with a reference to a news conference in the wake of the 2002 Gujarat riots where former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee told Narendra Modi to follow “raj dharma”. Modi was the chief minister of Gujarat at the time.

Now here’s a quick rundown of what’s been happening.

First, the Congress asked President Ram Nath Kovind to push the Modi government to follow its “raj dharma” in the wake of deadly communal violence in northeast Delhi, in which more than 40 have been killed.

Then, on Friday, the central law minister, Ravi Shankar Prasad, asked the Congress not to preach raj dharma to the government and accused its leaders of hypocrisy and of making provocative statements.

Kapil Sibal, a senior Congressman, couldn’t resist hitting back with this on Saturday:

“How can we [preach rajdharma] Mr Minister? When you did not listen to Vajpayee ji in Gujarat, why would you listen to us? Listening, learning and obeying raj dharma [is] not one of your government’s strong points!”

The Congress has gone hammer and tongs at the government in the wake of the communal violence that has rocked northeast Delhi in recent days. It has called for Home Minister Amit Shah’s resignation, submitted a memorandum to the President and accused the Centre of trying to protect BJP leaders who gave hate speeches by transferring a judge of the Delhi High Court. (MR, Inputs: Agencies).

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