Delhi chief minister, Arvind Kejriwal, on Sunday once again stepped up his pressure on the central government demanding it to listen to the grievances of the striking jewellers.
Kejriwal, who’s thrown his weight behind the jewellers over the imposition of 1 % excise duty on jewellery in this year’s budget, took a dig at the Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley by calling it a ‘tyranny of un-elected.’
Jaitley had lost his Lok Sabha elections and reached parliament only through Rajya Sabha.
The term ‘tyranny of unelected’ was first used by Jaitley himself in October last year, when he criticised the judges who struck down the 99th Constitution Amendment on judges appointment.
Describing the Supreme Court judges as ‘unelected’ unlike politicians, Jaitley had said, “The Indian democracy cannot be a tyranny of the unelected and if the elected are undermined, democracy itself would be in danger.”
Currently, three lakh jewellers are on indefinite strike since 2 March with the estimated loss to the industry being at more than Rs 100,000 crore.