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Ashok Gehlot: BJP Manufactured The Word ‘Love Jihad’ To Divide The Nation

By Disha Sharma -
  • Updated
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  • 24th November 2020,
  • 5:36 PM

Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot has rebuked the Bhartiya Janata Party’s plan to announce plans for laws against ‘love jihad’ for plotting to divide the nation and disturb communal harmony. Pointing out it as a right-wing conspiracy theory on the relationships between Muslim men and Hindu women that the central government is not defined in law. Gehlot accused the party for violating the Constitution and citizens’ personal liberty in the choice of marital partners. Posted on Twitter on Friday also blamed the centre for creating an environment where conseting the […]

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Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot has rebuked the Bhartiya Janata Party’s plan to announce plans for laws against ‘love jihad’ for plotting to divide the nation and disturb communal harmony.

Pointing out it as a right-wing conspiracy theory on the relationships between Muslim men and Hindu women that the central government is not defined in law.

Gehlot accused the party for violating the Constitution and citizens’ personal liberty in the choice of marital partners.

Posted on Twitter on Friday also blamed the centre for creating an environment where conseting the adults are at the mercy of the state power.

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In Twitter, he wrote, “ ‘Love jihad’ is a word manufactured by the BJP to divide the nation and disturb communal harmony. Marriage is a matter of personal liberty… bringing a law to curb it is completely unconstitutional and will not stand in any court of law. ‘Jihad’ has no place in love.”

The Chief Minister added this plan is indicating an environment in the nation where consenting adults would be at the mercy of state power. He also remarked that marriage is a personal decision and they are putting curbs on it, which seems like snatching away personal liberty.

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He had described calls against ‘love jihad’ as a ‘ploy to disrupt communal harmony. It also fuels social conflict and disregard of constitutional provisions.

In response to this, BJP hit back with Union Minister Gajendra Singh Shekhawat stating that ‘thousands of young women’ were trapped because of ‘love jihad’.

Declaring it as a matter of personal liberty, then women should be free to keep their religion, Shekhawat said.

“Dear Ashokji, Love Jihad is a trap that has thousands of young women believing the marriage is a personal affair, where later it turns out it isn’t. Also, if it is a matter of personal liberty, then why are the women not free to keep their maiden name or religion?

 

 

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