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I am open to any enquiry & Congress never played vindictive politics, claims Ashok Gehlot

Thursday, 26 December 2013 - 2:07pm IST | Place: Jaipur | Agency: DNA
Ex-CM reacts after Raje's statement that she'll not go for political vendetta.

The Assembly elections have concluded but war of words between chief minister Vasundhara Raje and former CM Ashok Gehlot continues unabated. Reacting sharply on Raje’s statement that she will not play political vendetta, Gehlot said that he is open to any kind of enquiry.

Gehlot, while addressing party workers in Jodhpur said that Raje should conduct enquiry of his tenure and her previous tenure under enquiry act. The truth will come out, he added.

“If they have courage, then conduct the enquiry of my tenure and her previous tenure under the enquiry act. Let enquiry be initiated under a sitting judge of Rajasthan high court. I am ready to face any enquiry,” said the former CM. He said that Congress has never worked with a feeling of vendetta or the party has never played vindictive politics.

Had it been so, the then Mathur Commission would have been constituted under enquiry act.

Gehlot motivated party workers, saying that victory or defeat is the part of politics and party admitted its defeat in the election. At the same time, he blamed the voter slips and electronic voting machine (EVM) as one of the reasons for party’s defeat.

“Voter slips were distributed and those carrying the slips to cast their votes were not properly checked. Many developed nations have rejected the EVM system of voting. Even the Supreme Court has expressed the need of technical changes in EVM,” said Gehlot.

Earlier party workers clashed with each other over the controversy on taking the name of district president of Jodhpur, who has already resigned. The incident took place before the arrival of Gehlot but later party leaders intervened to settle the dispute.

In the meeting, Congress leader Satya Narayan Bhaat named Sayeed Ansari as district president of district Congress. Ansari has recently resigned from the post.

Many party workers objected that he should not addressed as district president. The dispute turned violent and party workers manhandled with each other. Later, senior leaders intervened to settle the dispute. Similar, incident had taken place a few days later during the Jaipur district Congress meeting.

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