25 January, 2021

A Specious Distinction

Chargesheets in the Ayodhya case cannot be dismissed as politically motivated

A Specious Distinction
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THE AIADMK general secretary, J. Jayalalitha, has fired yet another salvo at the precariously balanced BJP-led coalition government at the Centre by demanding the removal of ministers who have been chargesheeted or have first information reports (FIRs) filed against them. She has demanded that there should not be one set of rules for the AIADMK and another set of rules for other political parties who are members of the ruling coalition at the Centre. What applies to Muthiah (who had to resign from the Central ministry after charges were framed against him in a corruption case by a special court in Chennai) should apply to other ministers in similar circumstances, she has asserted.

The BJP has responded by saying that Jayalalitha's demand was 'unjustified'. A senior BJP leader is reported to have said: "There is no comparison between the Ayodhya cases and those relating to corruption charges." He said Ayodhya was a political case and that too was 'baseless'.

A number of important questions arise in this context. What...

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