Chief Minister’s reply to Governor in Sakinaka case
Appeal to call a session of Parliament on atrocities against women
Mumbai: Correspondence between the Governor and the Chief Minister has erupted over the Sakinaka rape and murder case. The Chief Minister replied to the letter sent by the Governor regarding convening a two-day session of the Legislative Assembly on this issue as per the demand of BJP women MLAs. Calling on Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Home Minister Amit Shah to convene a four-day special session of Parliament on the rise in atrocities against women across the country, the Chief Minister sought to embarrass the Governor.
After the Sakinaka case, a delegation of BJP women MLAs met the governor and demanded a two-day special session of the legislature on the issue of violence against women and the resulting insecurity among women. Accordingly, Governor Koshyari sent a letter to Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray to convene a two-day special session of the Legislative Assembly. As soon as the discussion on the Governor’s letter started, Chief Minister Thackeray immediately replied to the letter.
In his letter, the Chief Minister has drawn the attention of the Governor to the incidents of atrocities against women in the BJP-ruled states. The Chief Minister reminded the Governor that even though he is a political activist, he is in a constitutional position. Law and order, women’s rights and their protection are the responsibility of the government under the leadership of the Chief Minister. The Chief Minister has also stated in the letter that he has gone through this framework as he is also the Chief Minister.
The accused in the Sakinaka incident was immediately arrested by the police. As the Chief Minister, he immediately convened a meeting of the concerned police officers and took a stand on getting justice to the victim’s family. The case will be expedited and Naradhamas will be severely punished by law. Strict instructions have been given to the police to take all legal measures for the safety of women. Plans to set up Nirbhaya squads in every police station in Mumbai are gaining momentum. The government is doing the work of the government. The Chief Minister has also said that it would be fatal for a parliamentary democracy if the anti-government people demanded a special session and the same demand was made by the Governor.
The letter also cites examples and statistics on atrocities against women in Delhi and BJP-ruled states. The Chief Minister has also drawn the attention of the Governor to the fact that atrocities against women have reached a climax in Gujarat since 2015. The Chief Minister also said that a four-day special session of Parliament could be convened to discuss the Sakinaka incident as women were being oppressed all over the country.
The stalemate in the appointment of 12 MLAs to the Legislative Council and once the governor had to get off the government plane has already escalated the conflict between the two. The letter adds to the ongoing feud between the governor and the chief minister.
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Last year, the governor had sent a letter to the chief minister on the issue of opening places of worship. In it, he had mentioned the Hindutva and secularism of the Chief Minister. The Chief Minister had strongly replied that he did not need a certificate of Hindutva. The stalemate over the appointment of 12 MLAs on the Legislative Council and the fact that the governor had to get off the government plane once again has led to tensions between the two. The new correspondence has added to that.