‘No Enmity With BJP’: Rajasthan CM Ashok Gehlot After PM Narendra Modi Calls Him 'Friend'
PM Modi had earlier called the Rajasthan Chief Minister a "friend" and thanked him for attending the launch of the Vande Bharat Express in Jaipur.
Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot on Wednesday said that he has “no enmity with BJP’’ but there is "an ideological battle" with the saffron party while referring to Prime Minister Narendra Modi remarks calling him friend during the launch of the state's first Bharat train. CM Gehlot, while addressing a press conference on social security, said, “There is no enmity with BJP, it is an ideological battle.”
The response from Gehlot came shortly after PM Modi called the Rajasthan Chief Minister a "friend" and thanked him for attending the launch of the Vande Bharat Express. Flagging off the state's first Vande Bharat train virtually, the Prime Minister thanked CM Gehlot for being present at the event in Jaipur.
"I express my special gratitude to Gehlot ji. During these days of political struggle when he is going through several crises, he took out the time for development work and participated in a railway programme. I welcome him," PM Modi said.
On Tuesday, senior Congress leader Sachin Pilot observed a daylong fast in Jaipur, targeting the Gehlot government over "inaction" in alleged cases of corruption when the BJP ran the state. Earlier, during his address at the launch event, Gehlot raised demands related to the railways in Rajasthan and mentioned that for the first time since independence, the Union railway minister is from the state.
PM Modi said, "The work that should have been done immediately after independence had not been done till now. But you have so much faith in me that you have given me that task today." The PM told Gehlot that his trust in him gives strength to their "friendship". "I thank you for the trust you have in this friendship," he told the Congress leader.
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