Jaipur: Former chief minister Ashok Gehlot on Thursday said home minister Gulab Chand Kataria should concentrate on checking the rising crime rate in Rajasthan instead of challenging the Opposition for a debate on the subject. Gehlot said Kataria and his government 'bolted' from the state assembly early this month when the opposition demanded debates on law and order and other public issues.
"Five murders in past two days in areas around the capital city show where the state's law and order situation stands under the present BJP government," Gehlot said. Earlier in the day, while countering opposition's allegation that 'once peaceful' Rajasthan was now competing with other states in high crime rates against women and Dalits, home minister Kataria said he was ready to debate and prove the accusation baseless.
"Let them (opposition) come with their data and I shall present the official figures. The allegation is baseless," Kataria told reporters at the BJP headquarters. Ex-CM Gehlot, however, said the latest National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB) report put Rajasthan among top states in crime. "As per NCRB-2015 report released by union home minister Rajnath Singh on August 30, Rajasthan is ahead of any other big state in terms of crimes against women and SC/ST per lakh of population.
Rajasthan is third in total number of crimes per lakh population," Gehlot said. To emphasise on his charge, the Congress leader mentioned about the five murders committed in and around Jaipur in past two days.