No Place For Violence In Our Democracy: Yashwant Sinha

| Updated: 01 July, 2022 1:56 am IST
Yashwant Sinha, the opposition’s presidential candidate, met Tamil Nadu Chief Minister MK Stalin along with MP and MLAs of like-minded parties

NEW DELHI: Opposition presidential candidate and veteran politician Yashwant Sinha on Thursday condemned the gruesome killing of Kanhaiya Lal Teli in Udaipur last Tuesday.

In a dastardly act of violence, Teli, who was a tailor by profession, was brutally murdered by Mohammed Rafiq and Abdul Jabbar in broad daylight. The duo are, apparently, killed over a social media post in support of former BJP spokesperson Nupur Sharma for her alleged comments against Prophet Mohammed.

“I strongly condemn this killing. There is no place for violence in our country’s democracy. We should all condemn this kind of violence. The perpetrators should be severely punished according to the law,” the former BJP leader, who had since allegiance to Trinamool Congress, said during his presidential campaign in Tamil Nadu.

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The former Union minister of the Vajpayee government also complained that freedom of speech was being forcibly snatched from the country at the moment and that there was a massive attempt to silence those who spoke the truth.

He strongly condemned the arrest of ALT News co-founder Mohammed Zubair. Yashwant Sinha said his arrest was against the law and the constitution.

According to Sinha, Mohammad Zubair was arrested on the same day that the Prime Minister signed a resolution to protect freedom of speech online and offline at the G7 meeting.

Sinha, who was a finance minister in the Vajpayee cabinet, was sharply critical of various policies of the Modi government. “Country’s economy has become chaotic due to the wrong and short-sighted policy of the central government,” Sinha claimed.

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Sinha also criticised the central government over the country’s present law and order and violence.

“When this foolish decision (demonetisation) was made in 2016, the economy was shaken. Six years later, the RBI used to give statistics on how many notes were returned. They suddenly stopped reporting on the return. How was the return made? Was this 100 per cent? All these questions have no explanation,” Sinha said.

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