The century-old party, Congress that always talks about morality and ethics in politics, now should remove its Maharashtra minister Yashomati Thakur from the Uddhav Thackeray cabinet in the wake of district court judgement in which the court sentenced her three months’ rigorous imprisonment for assaulting a police man in Amravati.
Amravati court sentenced Thakur to three months rigorous imprisonment in an eight-year-old case of assault on a policeman and also imposed a fine of Rs 15,500. The district and sessions court also convicted three others in the case, including a driver of the minister, and awarded them three months rigorous imprisonment. They were also fined Rs 15,500 each by the court of district and sessions judge Urmila Joshi.
The district court held Thakur, her driver and two workers guilty of beating up an on-duty policeman who stopped her vehicle on a one-way lane. Incidentally, it took place in March, 2012 when the Congress-NCP government was ruling in the state.
Surprisingly, not a single Congress leader reacted on the issue, so far. Party leaders should come out with the statements on the issue and ensure that the minister should be removed from the Thackeray ministry and set an example for others.
Though Thakur said that she always respected the judiciary as she herself a lawyer, the minister also hinted that she would challenge the judgement before the high court for justice. On the possible demand for her resignation, Thakur said she was aware the opposition BJP would seek her ouster from the cabinet.
It should be mentioned here that the then opposition Congress demanded the resignation of the then Chief Minister of Maharashtra Devendra Fadnavis after the Supreme Court set aside the Bombay High Court order that gave him a clean chit in a case of not disclosing criminal matters in a 2014 poll affidavit, a couple of years ago. Moreover, there are several such instances when court gave any judgement against a minister he or she resigned from the ministry. Thakur, who herself is a lawyer, should announce her resignation and set an example before the people.