It is largely understood that in a democracy, people can question the judiciary within limits of decency, which would not invite contempt-of-court proceedings, but one is not permitted to cast aspersions on a judge, which is the red line a citizen ought not to cross. Seems Rashtriya Lok Dal (RLD) president Jayant Chaudhary has crossed the line. Amid the escalating war on 'rewadi' culture, Chaudhary took a dig at Chief Justice of India (CJI) NV Ramana.
"What are the ‘freebies’ provided to the Honourable Chief Justice of India? …"Jayant Chaudhary said in a tweet.
The remarks of the RLD chief came after the Supreme Court termed the distribution and promises of freebies by political parties during elections a serious issue but made it clear that it will not enter into the prayer to deregister political parties for the same.
Commenting on the Supreme Court's observation, Jayant Chaudhary said in a tweet, "Recent remarks by the Supreme Court appear to be quite an adventurist and are not in the right spirit! The bottom of the pyramid needs direct intervention whether in the ration or through financial support. This relates to the protection of fundamental rights including the right to life!"
"Only when parties start election campaign without declaring manifesto do these problems arise. A manifesto based on expert & public feedback, declared in time so voters can understand key issues & promises is integral to maintaining the sanctity of a democratic voting process!," his tweet read.
The BJP had claimed yesterday that while the union government’s welfare policies empowered different deprived sections of society with targeted schemes, some parties engage in rewadi culture by dishing out freebies for everyone for political gains, in an apparent jibe at Aam Aadmi Party (AAP).
Speaking at the Bundelkhand expressway launch, Prime Minister Narendra Modi had said that efforts were afoot to bring in the culture of collecting votes by distributing 'free rewadi' (sweets) in the country. PM Modi warned people against the rewadi culture under which votes are collected by promising freebies and said this could be' very dangerous for the development of the country.
AAP was quick to hit back at the BJP and Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal gave a rebuttal to PM Modi's 'rewadi' remark and said, " Providing free, quality education and medical care is not giving out rewadi. Those who abuse me have spent thousands of crores on buying aeroplanes and private jets for themselves."
A war of words has escalated over the freebies culture and AAP moved the Supreme Court. AAP said the schemes for the deserving and disadvantaged people cannot be considered handouts.