Slog over plog, don’t stomp on democracy: Gehlot to Modi

– Congress campaign well managed.

– Party confident of bypoll wins.

Jodhpur: Even as the nation has reacted hugely to the Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s plogging on Saturday, Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot, on Sunday said people were too sensible to fall for the “message politics”. He accused the PM of “trampling democracy”, a day after his party claimed AICC employees were being targeted through Income-Tax raids. he also reacted on the PM’s plogging.

Gehlot reached Jodhpur on Sunday afternoon on a day-long visit replete with various functions and interactions with the public. A huge crowd had amassed at Jodhpur airport to greet the CM. When people handed over a “tsunami of letters” of their needs and necessities, the Chief Minister not only accepted the same but in a calm and collective manner, spoke with several people.

“Groupism is at its highest in BJP. Former chief minister Vasundhara Raje’s missing the oath ceremony of BJP state president Satish Poonia points in that direction,” Gehlot said, further adding, “Congress will win on both the seats in the upcoming bypolls as the party’s election campaign is being carried out in a detailed manner.”
He further said there is no problem if Modi wants to give a message through plogging. “Everybody is inspired if someone does a good job. But under the garb of all these, if you trample democracy through ‘message politics’, then the people of the country are sensible enough to realise,” Gehlot told reporters in Jodhpur.

The Congress leader said “such kind of politics” does not last for long. He alleged that AICC employees were being targeted through I-T raids and government agencies are under pressure today.

“Now, we have heard that houses of all the officers and employees of the accounts section of the All India Congress Committee (AICC) are being raided. The BJP office is also nearby. Has any officer’s house been raided,” he asked.

“This is a threat to democracy and such ‘message politics’, which Modiji is doing repeatedly, works only to an extent,” the chief minister said. He alleged that people were being selectively targeted in the Modi government.

“There is an atmosphere of fear, terror, violence in the country. Right now, there is a lot of pressure on CBI, ED, Income- Tax Department and there is interference in judiciary as well,” he claimed. The chief minister again reiterated that Modi became Prime minister as the Congress maintained democracy in the country for 70 years.