Leader of Opposition (LOP) Ajay Singh asked, “What is the reason that Lal Singh Arya is meeting the chief minister and state BJP president but police cannot find him? This is shameful for the chief minister that police are raiding the minister’s bungalow with an arrest warrant and he is absconding. This is first time in the history of the state when such an incident is happening.”
State BJP president Nandkumar Singh Chouhan is brazenly supporting Lal Singh Arya. Last week, the state BJP chief told reporters that a warrant is immaterial since there is provision of an anticipatory bail. He said that the entire BJP stands in support of Lal Singh Arya who is also accused in the murder of Congress MLA Makhanlal Jatav who was shot dead during an election campaign in April 2009. Nandkumar Singh Chouhan maintained that Arya’s resignation is not required since he has still not been proved guilty.
On Tuesday, minister for water resources and government spokesman Narottam Mishra reiterated Nandkumar Singh Chouhan’s stand. He said, “I support what the state BJP president has said about Lal Singh Arya and the arrest warrant.” Asked if the government is sheltering Lal Singh Arya, Mishra added, “The question of protecting anybody does not arise.”
Congress reminded that instead of encouraging this dishonourable episode, the chief minister and state BJP president should come forward and handover lal Singh Arya to the police. “I don’t understand the compulsion of chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan that he is taking his government to this depth of disgrace. An accused under section 302 IPC is meeting everyone including the chief minister, BJP president and police DGP but the Bhind police cannot find him,” Ajay Singh said.
“The chief minister has taken oath to abide by the Constitution and laws of the country. Isn’t it his responsibility and duty to honour the law now and handover his minister to the police?” he asked. “The BJP talks of ethics, preaches morality, cultural ideology and nationalism. When that party starts openly challenging the law of the country, doesn’t that amount to sedition?”
The LOP said that a minister is openly challenging the authority of the court and meeting with the chief minister and police DGP. “Under these circumstances, how can you expect the common man to have faith on the law and order situation?” he asked.
Source : timesofindia