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Ram Jethmalani calls himself ‘unhappiest man in the country’, says Narendra Modi failed to deliver poll promises

Eminent lawyer Ram Jethmalani on Saturday expressed disappointment with the performance of Narendra Modi government at the Centre, said that it has failed to fulfill the promises it made prior to the 2014 Lok Sabha election.

“I worked for the prime minister from 2011. When the election results were announced, I used to write my weekly piece in The Sunday Guardian. My first paragraph in that was ‘Dear Mr Modi, Congratulations on your spectacular success. I am very proud that I have some very small contribution to make to your success but I am writing this only to tell you that so far as I am concerned I am living in the departure lounge of God’s airport. I want nothing from you and nothing means nothing in return. Now please fulfill your promises to the people of India.’ I do not wish to sound cankerous but I must confess to you that today I am the unhappiest man in this country,” Jethmalani said while attending the launch of Shweta Bansal’s book Courting Politics.

“I am unhappy because not one promise has been fulfilled to the people of India. I am in deep agony and have a sense of disappointment,” the nonagenarian lawyer said. The inauguration of the book saw many legal luminaries in attendance including Union law minister Ravi Shankar Prasad who said it was not easy being a lawyer and a politician at the same time. “A lawyer who is in politics has to be in the business of multitasking. Law is demanding and so is public life,” he said.

Prasad said he focusses on three Ps — Parliament, party and profession — to maintain balance. Another former law minister Salman Khurshid felt that there is a “big gap between political and legal thinking”. Former law minister Kapil Sibal — also featured in this book which talks about lawyers who have become famous politicians in the country — sought to draw attention to the fact that law and society do not move at the same pace.

“There is a contradiction between law and politics. Law supports the status quo, politics destroys it. Society moves ahead of the law. Law is static. There is an essential tension going on between law and politics. Problem arises because most of us protect status quo even when in Parliament. That’s why amendments are crucial,” Sibal said.

Whether courts should deal with matters that govern personal life saw varied opinions: Such as in the sub judice case of triple talaq.

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