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A day after Union Home Minister Amit Shah accused the Congress government in Rajasthan of engaging in vote bank politics by referencing the murder of Udaipur-based tailor Kanhaiya Lal, former chief minister Vasundhara Raje visited the residence of an eyewitness in the case.

Raje visited the residence of Rajkumar Sharma on Saturday, who is a witness to Lal’s murder and is currently bedridden after suffering a brain haemorrhage.

Kanhaiya Lal was murdered on June 28 last year by two assailants who accused him of insulting Islam by sharing remarks made by a suspended leader about the Prophet.

The two accused, Mohammad Riyaz Attari and Mohammad Ghouse, were arrested the same day. Later, the NIA, which had taken over the case from the Rajasthan police, stated that the killing was planned in Pakistan and filed a chargesheet against 11 persons, including two Pakistani nationals.

“I wanted to come here and see the situation myself, what relief the government has provided and his condition now,” Raje told reporters in Udaipur on Saturday.

Raje also stated that she will assist the family in any way needed, including the marriage of Sharma’s children.

On Friday, while addressing a public meeting in Udaipur, Shah had launched a strong attack on the Chief Minister, stating that if his government had set up special courts, Lal’s killers would have been hanged by now.

Gehlot responded to Shah and labeled the Union Home Minister’s statements as “irresponsible” and accused him of “lying.”

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