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Morning briefing: Ashok Gehlot ex-aide's claim on phone tapping; PM Modi accuses Congress of pleasing US, and more

Apr 25, 2024 08:55 AM IST

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Former Rajasthan chief minister Ashok Gehlot's former aide, Lokesh Sharma on Wednesday claimed that the purported audio clip of an alleged telephonic conversation between Union minister Gajendra Singh Shekhawat and party leaders on "toppling" the state's Congress government in 2020, was given to him by the Congress veteran. Addressing a press conference in Jaipur, Sharma claimed that Ashok Gehlot gave him a pen drive with some audio clips, which were later leaked to the media following the 2020 political crisis in Rajasthan. Dig deeper

Former Rajasthan chief minister Ashok Gehlot(PTI)
Former Rajasthan chief minister Ashok Gehlot(PTI)

Prime Minister Narendra Modi, speaking at the Vijay Sankalp Shankhnaad Maharally in Chhattisgarh's Surguja on Wednesday, accused the Congress party of attempting to appease America. He claimed that Urban Naxals had gained influence within the grand old party. “There was a storm in their (Congress) party when I said Urban Naxals have taken control over the Congress party. They felt that efforts should be made to make America happy. Modi has made such a big allegation, so they are pretending to turn towards them and doing a drama to create balance. But they want to steal your property,” the Prime Minister said. Dig deeper

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