Gehlot’s attack came in a series of tweets, after BJP-governed states of Uttar Pradesh, Haryana and Madhya Pradesh said they are considering enactment of laws to curb such marriages. And, while the Karnataka government said it would watch steps taken by UP and Haryana, BJP in Assam has promised to bring in a law if re-elected in the state assembly elections next year.
Gehlot accused BJP of violating the Constitution and citizens’ personal liberty in choice of marital partners. “Bringing a law to curb it is completely unconstitutional and will not stand in any court of law. Jihad has no place in love,” he tweeted. “They are creating an environment where consenting adults would be at the mercy of state power…”
They are creating an environment in the nation where consenting adults would be at the mercy of state power. Marria… https://t.co/SExIO21JDD
— Ashok Gehlot (@ashokgehlot51) 1605854832000
Reacting to Gehlot’s tweets, Union jal shakti minister Gajendra Singh Shekhawat accused him of supporting love jihad under the garb of personal liberty and termed this Congress’s “communal agenda.” He tweeted: “Dear Ashokji, love jihad is a trap that has many young women believing that marriage is a personal affair, where later it turns out it isn’t. Also, if it is a matter of personal liberty, then why are the women not free to keep their maiden name or religion?”