Gehlot surprised by PM’s comments on opposition parties

Reacting strongly to Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s accusation that opposition parties are out of trouble, Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot said on Friday that it was the BJP that was indulging in polarization and creating tensions in society. Mr Modi had accused “dynastic parties” of diverting people’s attention from the real issues.

In his virtual address to a meeting of BJP national officials in Jaipur, Mr Modi said some parties were inciting the people in the name of caste and regionalism.

Mr. Gehlot said it was the BJP who provoked the people and fomented riots in a planned manner. “I am surprised at the words of the Prime Minister… It is in their mentality to provoke people, to provoke polarization and to create tension. They create divisions in society,” Gehlot told reporters on the sidelines of a broadcast.

Mr Gehlot said Mr Modi made predictions for the next 25 years like a fortune-teller, when no one could make such claims in a democracy. “No one can tell what people’s mood will be tomorrow. Making such claims reflects Mr. Modi’s ego and arrogance,” he said.

The BJP had hastily organized its meeting in Jaipur shortly after the “Chintan Shivir” congress in Udaipur out of “nervousness”, Mr Gehlot said. As the Congress built its narrative for the 2023 Assembly election in Rajasthan around social welfare programs and comprehensive development, the BJP had moved from its claim of 50 years of rule to 25 years and could still fall to five years, he said.

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