Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot on Sunday said that because he has been in politics for a while, he is aware of the rhetorical gimmicks used by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in his talks.
The Congress leader stated that Prime Minister Modi would begin his speech by saying “my friend Ashok Gehlot”, and then harshly criticise his administration. He made the assertion during his speech at a gathering held at the Rajasthan College in Jaipur.
Referring to Prime Minister Modi’s speech delivered virtually at a railway programme organised here on April 12, Gehlot said: “The prime minister had recently joined a VC (video-conference) from Delhi…. He started his speech saying ‘my friend Ashok Gehlot’. And they will do whatever they want with my government (meri sarkar ki aisi ki taisi karenge). This is cleverness.”
Following Modi’s speech, the seasoned politician said that he had tweeted about the prime minister and said he had sounded the election bugle.
“I understand all these tricks…. I too have been doing politics for a long time,” he said.
The Congress leader pointed out that Prime Minister Modi had himself said in Mangarh that when he was the (Gujarat) chief minister, Ashok Gehlot was the seniormost among all the chief ministers in the country.
“When I am senior, the prime minister should take my advice and implement the Old Pension Scheme (OPS) across the country,” he said. “Implement the OPS…. This is the first advice to you…. The scheme we have made for Rajasthan, you should implement it for the country.”
Gehlot alleged that the governments of Karnataka, Maharashtra, Goa, and Manipur were examples of a new political model that Modi and Union Home Minister Amit Shah had introduced to the entire country.