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' Won't tolerate hate crime in name of cow vigilantism'.

RAJASTHAN has taken the ' digital route' to development, but incidents like cow vigilantism and hate crimes dent the image of the government, feels incumbent chief minister Vasundhara Raje.

She, however, said such acts are not exclusive to Rajasthan, but are taking place across the country. In an interview with M AIL T ODAY , Raje said such acts won't be tolerated and only the law of the land will prevail.

" Incidents of cow vigilantism are a matter of concern as they put the government in bad light, but such incidents are happening everywhere and not just Rajasthan. We have, in fact, acted swiftly and took strict action against the culprits.

Such acts cannot be tolerated," she said.

The chief minister, who will be completing her second term next year, takes umbrage on singling out Rajasthan over the issue of hate crime. She cites an example of honour killing where an engineer from Kerala was killed in Jaipur for marrying a Rajasthani girl, but police showed no leniency and arrested the killers immediately.

" Our government does not discriminate on the basis of caste, region or religion.

We arrested the killers of the man hailing from Kerala, but the government there ( Kerala) is silent over targetted killings of BJP and RSS workers," Raje said.

She, however, believes that the government would contest the next elections on the basis of its development works. " We have an active state government, active Centre and an active party organisation. These together have put Rajasthan in smart mode. The pace of development has increased in Rajasthan over the last four years," Raje said.

She lauded the progressive approach of the BJP- led central government which, the CM claimed, has sped up infrastructure development.

She has a special mention for Union transport minister Nitin Gadkari who has shown great interest in expansion of road network across the country.

" The BJP government in 2013 had promised increasing the road length in Rajasthan from 5,000 km to 20,000 km in five years, but in just four years we have already constructed 21,000 km of roads," she said.

" By 2018, we will be able to construct 30,000 km of roads.

Such fast pace of development is possible only because of the positive and development- oriented attitude of the governments in the state and Centre," the chief minister iterated.

Digital initiatives such as Abhay by Jaipur Police, Bhamashah scheme for women empowerment, smart solutions by the Jaipur Development Authority ( JDA) that includes traffic and sanitation service management, environmental censors, LED- based smart lighting, online surveillance and wi- fi hotspots are going to be the poll plank in 2018 when Rajasthan goes to polls.

She is, however, undeterred by the Aam Admi Party's ( AAP) plans to contest Assembly elections in Rajasthan.

" They are welcome. It is a democratic country and everybody has a right to contest election anywhere and against anybody," she said.

Raje also listed a number of initiatives in the education sector, power reforms, delivery of justice at the doorsteps of citizens through ' Nyay Aapke Dwar' programme and water conservation via Mukhyamantri the Jal Swavalamban Abhiyan ( MJSA) scheme.

She claimed power transmission and distribution losses came down to 15 per cent from 58 per cent by involving locals and urging them to reduce wastage of power.

CM says govt to contest next polls on development plank ' Smart initiatives have taken state forward' -- VASUNDHARA RAJE SCINDIA, RAJASTHAN CM Incidents of cow vigilantism are a matter of concern as they put the government in bad light. We have taken strict action against the culprits.

We do not discriminate on basis of caste, region or religion... but the government in Kerala is silent over killings of BJP & RSS workers.

' ' ' ' have surpassed the road network target for the state.

( Left) Cow vigilantes guard a highway. Many cases of gau rakshaks attacking traders have come up in Rajasthan.

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